A one-day method for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in rural Ethiopia [Short Communication]
Abstract:Smear diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) requires three sputum examinations over 2 days. We evaluated the performance of two sputum specimens obtained on a single day (the second specimen submitted 1 h after the first) against the standard 2-day method in rural Ethiopia. A total of 243 suspects were enrolled; 52 had confirmed PTB: 49 (94%) were detected by the same-day method and 51 (98%) by the standard method (P > 0.5). The same-day approach would reduce the number of visits required for diagnosis, save resources for the health system and the patient, and ultimately improve case detection in poorer countries.
Document Type: Short Communication
Affiliations: 1: St Elizabeth General Hospital, Shisong, Kumbo, Northwest Province, Cameroon 2: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom 3: Bushullo Major Health Centre, Awassa, Ethiopia
Publication date: 2006-02-01
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