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Isolation time of patients with tuberculosis

One of the difficulties of managing tuberculosis in hospitalized patients is the maintenance of isolation time. The golden standard diagnostic test is culture negative for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. AFB stain can still be positive with non-viable bacteria, leading to more isolation time than necessary. The morphological characteristics of bacilli are useful: broken bacteria with gaps in staining are probable dead bacteria, but this information is rarely used to define the isolation time. The Chaisson LH et al study, done at Zuckerberg […]