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Hospital de Órbigo, Spain

Munoz-Davila M.J.,Clinic Biotechnology Management Unit | Tapia E.L.,Clinic Biotechnology Management Unit | Diaz I.S.,Clinic Biotechnology Management Unit | Garcia M.A.C.,Clinic Biotechnology Management Unit | Martinez-Lirola M.J.,Clinic Biotechnology Management Unit
Journal of Microbiological Methods | Year: 2013

We describe a combined macro and microscopic criteria for rapid presumptive differentiation between Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC) and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) evaluated by two independent observers. This strategy achieved rapid MTC identification in most cases (95.8% expert observer and 91.6% novice observer) with significant savings compared to more expensive and unnecessary tests. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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