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Question: What can be done for TB Symptomatics who are unable to spontaneously expectorate sputum?

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Answer: Sputum induction with nebulization of a hypertonic (3%) saline solution is recommended for patients who are unable to spontaneously bring up sputum Three specimens will increase diagnostic yield of the sputum microscopy test of induced specimens The use of nebulization with hypertonic solution is an alternative that must be maximized in order to avoid […]

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Question: How should results of sputum microscopy be interpreted?

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Answer: SMEAR POSITIVE if at least two sputum specimens are AFB (+) SMEAR NEGATIVE if none of the specimens are AFB (-) DOUBTFUL When only one of the 3 sputum specimens is (+). When results are doubtful, a second set of three must be collected again If at least one of the second three is […]

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