Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 11th, 2005
"There is no exact consensus about the usefulness of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for the diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusion because of the diverse PCR methods and the different diagnostic criteria that are described in other studies.
"We analyzed pleural effusion specimens obtained from 111 patients for whom the exclusion of the possibility of tuberculous pleural effusion was necessary," wrote investigators in South Korea.
"We performed M. tuberculosis PCR...
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