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Prevalence of melioidosis in patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis and sputum smear negative for acid-fast bacilli in northeast Thailand.

Abstract:
The clinical and radiological features of pulmonary melioidosis can mimic tuberculosis. We prospectively evaluated 118 patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis who were acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear negative at Udon Thani Hospital, northeast Thailand. Culture of residual sputum from AFB testing was positive for Burkholderia pseudomallei in three patients (2.5%; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.5-7.3%). We propose that in melioidosis-endemic areas, residual sputum from AFB testing should be routinely cultured for B. pseudomallei.
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10.4269/ajtmh.13-0286

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Journal:
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Volume:
89
Issue:
5
Pages:
983-985
Publication date:
2013-11-05
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EISSN:
1476-1645
ISSN:
0002-9637
URN:
uuid:5fb1a28d-6605-4a04-8210-41616de0db62
Source identifiers:
431290
Local pid:
pubs:431290

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