Performance of culture and drug susceptibility testing in pulmonary tuberculosis patients in northern China [Short communication]
Source: The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Volume 15, Number 1, January 2011 , pp. 137-139(3)
Abstract:Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a growing problem in China. In 2008, all smear-positive pulmonary TB patients in a city in northern China were expected to undergo routine culture and drug susceptibility testing (DST). We assessed the performance of this system. There were 915 patients, of whom 356 (39%) had culture performed; 275 (30%) had positive cultures and 236 (26%) had DST. Of the 236 patients with DST, 6% of new and 32% of previously treated patients had MDR-TB. Culture and DST is an important service for the correct management of patients, and solutions to improve the current system need to be considered.
Document Type: Short Communication
Affiliations: 1: Tianjin Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Tianjin, China 2: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK 3: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France; University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Publication date: January 1, 2011
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