Time for a culture change?BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1975 (Published 13 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1975
- J Robert O’Neill, clinical lecturer, general surgery1
- 1Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH16 4SA
Sellar and colleagues highlight three patients presenting with lymphadenopathy in whom appropriate management was delayed owing to a presumptive rather than definitive diagnosis of tuberculosis.1 However, tuberculous lymphadenitis cannot be rapidly diagnosed from the presence of acid- and alcohol-fast bacilli in fine needle aspirates. All mycobacteria are acid- and …
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