Hospital management of tuberculosis in a region with a low incidence of tuberculosis and a high prevalence of nontuberculous mycobacteria.


Journal Article

We prospectively assessed the management of patients with suspected tuberculosis (TB) in an area with a high prevalence of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) and a low incidence of TB. Clinicians' assessments were sensitive for TB but had poor predictive value. The acid-fast smear was a weak predictor of TB, owing to a high rate of isolation of NTM.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Alexander, BD; Stout, JE; Reller, LB; Hamilton, CD

Published Date

  • November 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 715 - 717

PubMed ID

  • 11842993

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11842993

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0899-823X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/501851


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States