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Clin Chest Med. 2005 Jun;26(2):247-71, vi.

The diagnosis of tuberculosis.

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Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 West 168th Street, PH 8 East, Room 101, New York, NY 10032, USA.


Diagnostic testing for tuberculosis has remained unchanged for nearly a century, but newer technologies hold the promise of a true revolution in tuberculosis diagnostics. New tests may well supplant the tuberculin skin test in diagnosing latent tuberculosis infection in much of the world. Tests such as the nucleic acid amplification assays allow more rapid and accurate diagnosing of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis. The appropriate and affordable use of any of these tests depends on the setting in which they are employed.

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