JOHN A. FOLEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JOHN B. ANDOSCA, M.D.
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The importance of sputum examination for tubercle bacilli in pulmonary tuberculosis cannot be overemphasized. The finding of tubercle bacilli in the sputum establishes the diagnosis beyond all shadow of doubt. We are convinced of the necessity of gastric lavage for the detection of tubercle bacilli in these cases in which a positive sputum cannot be obtained by the ordinary method.
This method of detecting tubercle bacilli is said to have been described by Meunier5 in 1898. He showed, in children suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis in whom sputum could not be obtained, that by means of gastric lavage 80 per cent
FOLEY JA, ANDOSCA JB. THE VALUE OF THE EXAMINATION OF GASTRIC CONTENTS FOR TUBERCLE BACILLI*. Ann Intern Med. 1943;19:629–633. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-19-4-629
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;19(4):629-633.
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