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J Clin Microbiol. Jul 1996; 34(7): 1829–1830.
PMCID: PMC229128

Comparison of amplicor and 32-kilodalton PCR for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from sputum specimens.


The commercial PCR test Amplicor was compared with the 32-kDa PCR for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from 76 sputum specimens from Egyptian patients. Both tests performed with rather equal efficacy (resolved sensitivity of 88.9% for both tests; specificity of 98.0% for Amplicor and 93.9% for 32-kDa PCR). PCR was found to be useful in detection of auramine fluorescent stain-positive, culture-negative specimens.

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