Our Bangladesh team just published

By April 5, 2017 No Comments

Our Bangladesh team just published a paper titled “Diagnosis of Tuberculosis Following World Health Organization– Recommended Criteria in Severely Malnourished Children Presenting with Pneumonia co-authored by Drs. Mohammod Chisti and Tahmeed Ahmed evaluated the WHO criteria for the diagnosis of TB in children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). SAM children below the age of 5 years and with radiological pneumonia were enrolled. Induced sputum and gastric lavage samples were obtained for smear microscopy, mycobacterial culture, and Xpert MTB/RIF. The study used mycobacterial culture and Xpert MTB/RIF as the gold standard to determine sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of WHO criteria (n = 388) and found that the specificity of the WHO criteria may help minimize overtreatment with anti-TB therapy in SAM children, especially in resource-limited settings.

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