Performance of culture and drug susceptibility testing in pulmonary tuberculosis patients in northern China


Qi, W; Harries, AD; Hinderaker, SG; (2011) Performance of culture and drug susceptibility testing in pulmonary tuberculosis patients in northern China. The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease, 15 (1). pp. 137-139. ISSN 1027-3719

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Abstract

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a growing problem in China. In 2008, all smear-positive pulmonary TB patients in a city in northern China were expected to undergo routine culture and drug susceptibility testing (DST). We assessed the performance of this system. There were 915 patients, of whom 356 (39%) had culture performed; 275 (30%) had positive cultures and 236 (26%) had DST. Of the 236 patients with DST, 6% of new and 32% of previously treated patients had MDR-TB. Culture and DST is an important service for the correct management of patients, and solutions to improve the current system need to be considered.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: culture, drug susceptibility testing, China, multidrug-resistant, tuberculosis
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 21276311
Web of Science ID: 286488700025
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/912

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