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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 210-213

Diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis from gastric aspirate samples in nonexpectorating pediatric patients in a tertiary care hospital

Department of Microbiology, ABVIMS, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Anuradha Shulania
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, ABVIMS, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_694_19

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the utility of Xpert assay, Ziehl–Neelsen (ZN) staining, and Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT™) culture for diagnosis of pediatric pulmonary tuberculosis from gastric aspirate (GA) samples and to compare Xpert assay and ZN staining with MGIT rapid liquid culture. Materials and Methods: GA samples from 210 nonexpectorating children, aged between 6 months to 12 years, presenting to the pediatric out-patient department (OPD) with clinical suspicion of tuberculosis (TB) were collected. The samples were tested by GeneXpert, ZN staining, and MGIT liquid culture. Results: GeneXpert is a more sensitive method for rapid and early diagnosis of pediatric TB when compared with microscopy.

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