Induced sputum is safe and well-tolerated for TB diagnosis in a resource-poor primary healthcare setting

Cesar Ugarte-Gil, Paul T. Elkington, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Jon S. Friedland, David A.J. Moore

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Abstract

Improved tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics are required. Induced sputum sampling is superior to spontaneous sputum analysis for diagnosis of pulmonary TB. Therefore, we examined the applicability of induced sputum in primary health centers of the Peruvian TB program and studied the safety and tolerability of this procedure. We show that induced sputum is safe, inexpensive, and well-tolerated in a resource-limited environment. Widespread use of induced sputum at primary health centers can be implemented and may improve TB diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-635
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume92
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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