n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Diagnosing tuberculosis in adults : opportunities and challenges : main topic
|Article Title||Diagnosing tuberculosis in adults : opportunities and challenges : main topic|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Author||Douglas Wilson and Gary Maartens|
|Publication Date||Feb 2005|
|Pages||85 - 91|
|Keyword(s)||Adults, Challenges, Diagnosis, Diagnostic tests, Opportunities, Tuberculosis and Tuberculosis meningitis|
Sputum smear for AFB remains the cornerstone of TB diagnostics in South Africa. Culture techniques are slow and can be expensive. <br>The HIV epidemic has substantially increased the number of patients with sputum smear-negative TB. Implementing clinical case definitions may allow these patients to be more readily identified and treated.
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