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Tubercle. 1980 Mar;61(1):27-31.

Correlation of the results of X-ray and sputum culture in tuberculosis prevalence surveys.

Abstract

In the course of 6 tuberculosis prevalence surveys carried out in South Africa, 5477 persons were investigated by sputum culture and chest X-ray. The X-ray was reported to show evidence of tuberculosis in 723 cases, and of these the sputum culture was positive in only 100 (13.8%). The sputum culture was also positive in another 76 (1.5%) cases in which the chest X-ray was negative. The reasons for these discrepancies are discussed.

PMID:
7368321
DOI:
10.1016/0041-3879(80)90056-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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