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<jats:p>Introduction: To evaluate the use of mycobacterial blood cultures (MBC) in diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) in patients with prolonged fever admitted to a Vietnamese referral hospital. Results: MBCs from 94 patients (66% male; median age 33 years; 75% HIV positive) were evaluated: 14 were mycobacterium positive (all HIV positive), and MBC was the only positive specimen in 9 cases (41%). Three positive cases were identified as Mycobacterium avium and the remaining M. tuberculosis (one case could not be identified). Conclusion: MBC can be a valuable additional method to diagnose TB, particularly in immunosuppressed HIV patients when sputum cannot be collected.</jats:p>

Original publication

DOI

10.3855/jidc.4895

Type

Journal article

Journal

The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries

Publisher

Journal of Infection in Developing Countries

Publication Date

15/12/2014

Volume

8

Pages

1620 - 1624