Twenty-four of these positive cultures were sputum specimens
, 4 were pleural fluid specimens, 3 were lymph node aspirates, and 1 was from a chest abscess aspirate.
Similarly to previously reported data, [14,15] use of Xpert MTB/RIF on a single sputum specimen
in our study provided superior detection over smear microscopy.
Because of the difficulty in transporting sputum specimens
in many rural areas of the world, one novel approach is to ship sputum smears on slides to a central laboratory for testing.
Yield of serial sputum specimen
examinations in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis: A systematic review.
18] The sensitivity of the test in that study, which included 569 sputum specimens
from 187 inmates with suspected TB in prison infirmaries or clinics, was higher than in the clinical trials (92.
The patient's urine and sputum specimens
tested positive for L.
s (Nasdaq: NSIX) PAPNET(R) testing, a newly available method for detecting pre-cancerous cells on routine cervical Pap smears, may also be able to detect early signs of lung cancer on sputum specimens
, according to results of a study published in "Human Pathology.
were decontaminated using the N-acetyl-L-cysteine-sodium hydroxide (NALC-NaOH) method.
We collected a sputum specimen
from a 54-year-old woman with fever, cough, sputum production, and pneumonia.
The laboratory can determine the quality of a sputum specimen
on microscopy: (1) few or no polymorphic white blood cells (WBCs) and many epithelial cells (derived from mucous membrane of the mouth) indicate that the specimen consist of or contains saliva (Fig.
For example, providers who do not routinely request at least two sputum smears on patients with suspected TB will fall short of Standard 2 which states that "all patients suspected of having pulmonary TB should have at least two, and preferably three, sputum specimens
obtained for microscopic examination" (13,14).
Thus, it is a limitation of our screening of the patient's 60 coworkers that we did not collect sputum specimens