KENNETH A. BORCHARDT, PH.D.; ROBERT GELBER, M.D.; VERONICA BOTCH, B.S., M.T. (A.S.C.P.)
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To the editor: The article by Boyd and Marr (Ann Intern Med 82:489-492, 1975) on the ineffectiveness of the acid-fast smear of expectorated sputum as a screening method for the detection of pulmonary tuberculosis calls for our comment. They reported that 55% of positive smears represented falsely positive results. An evaluation of our data indicated that between 1965 and 1974, 17 663 specimen requests were processed. Only 50 could be classified as unresolved (positive smear with a negative culture), and, of these, 40 represented patients with active Myco-bacterium leprae infections. During this period our clinical microbiology laboratory found 301 specimens
BORCHARDT KA, GELBER R, BOTCH V. Acid-Fast Smears in Tuberculosis Detection. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:344. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-3-344_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(3):344.
Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections.
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