JOSÉ A. GIRÓN, M.D.; LAURA J. MANDEL, M.D.; CHRISTINE WOLLSCHLAGER, M.D.; RAJINDER CHITKARA, M.D.; PASCAL DECAPRARIIS, M.D.; MAHESWAR R. MEDARAMETLA, M.D.; PHYLLIS DELLALATTA, PH.D.; JOSEPH G. GUARNERI, PH.D.
To the editor: Since July 1980 we have seen four patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome who developed disseminated Mycobacterium avium intracellulare infection during their illness. A full report of these cases and other patients with the syndrome is in preparation. We have been impressed by the difficulty encountered in establishing a diagnosis of their infection. Multiple specimens were sampled for mycobacteria with many negative results. Negative acid-fast smears of liver biopsies were found in three of four patients, in bone marrow biopsies in one of three patients, and in lung biopsies in all four patients. In addition, only two of
GIRÓN JA, MANDEL LJ, WOLLSCHLAGER C, CHITKARA R, DECAPRARIIS P, MEDARAMETLA MR, et al. Mycobacterial Culture in Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:1028–1029. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-6-1028_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(6):1028-1029.
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