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Med Princ Pract. 2005 Jul-Aug;14(4):264-7.

E-test: an alternative method for susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Celal Bayar University Medical Faculty, Manisa, Turkey. akcali@deu.net.tr

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to compare the agar proportion method with the E-test method for susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A total of 100 isolates were tested for isoniazid, rifampin, streptomycin and ethambutol susceptibility using an indirect-proportion method as well as the E-test method.

RESULTS:

Categorical agreement between the methods was 100% for isoniazid, rifampin, streptomycin, and ethambutol.

CONCLUSION:

The E-test method appears to be an alternative method to agar proportion for testing the susceptibility of M. tuberculosis isolates to the first-line antituberculous agents.

PMID:
15961938
DOI:
10.1159/000085747
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