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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2018 Mar-Apr;56(2):158-162.

MGIT and other methods for diagnosing tuberculosis in a private hospital system with low incidence

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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TecSalud, Hospital Zambrano Hellion, Unidad de Vigilancia Epidemiológica Hospitalaria. Monterrey, Nuevo León, México


in English, Spanish


Tuberculosis (TB) is still a threat to public health; in 2014 caused 1.5 million deaths worldwide; in hospitals where the prevalence of TB is low, it is appropriate to evaluate the effectiveness of tests to diagnose it.


We reviewed reports of airway clinical specimens sent for studies of tuberculosis to the microbiology laboratory from Tec Salud System private hospitals (400 beds) in the metropolitan area of ​​Monterrey, NL, from May 2012 to December 2015. In conjunction with Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) stain, and solid Lowenstein-Jensen medium (LJ), our laboratory resources also include fluorescent LED microscopy (Carl Zeiss Microscopy Products), MGIT 320 (Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube liquid culture detection system, Becton Dickinson), and recently incorporated a real-time PCR system the Xpert MTB/RIF test (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA).


In 731 respiratory specimens from 510 patients, M. tuberculosis was isolated from 78 samples belonging to 50 patients on LJ and MGIT LJ 42 (84%) and MGIT 49, (98%) of the samples. From 41 patients identified, 26 (63.4%) were positive to fluorescein, and 25 (60.9%) with Ziehl-Neelsen stain. Real time PCR (Xpert TB) was positive in 13 out of 17 patient-airway samples (76.4%).


Usefulness of liquid culture (MGIT) and solid culture (LJ) is shown; the first can significantly cut incubation times.


Mycobacterium Tuberculosis; Tuberculosis; Diagnóstico

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