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Research Article

Comparison of the tine and Mantoux tuberculin tests. Report of the Tuberculin Subcommittee of the Researched Committee of the British Thoracic Association.

Br Med J 1978; 1 doi: (Published 03 June 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;1:1451
  1. J A Lunn,
  2. A J Johnson


    Intracutaneous (Mantoux 5 TU) and tine tuberculin tests were performed on the opposite arms of 307 people. The results of each test were read by two independent observers at either 48 or 72 hours. Positive readings were recorded in 59% of the Mantoux tests; induration was 10 mm or more in 34.7% of cases. Positive readings were recorded for 3.9% of the tine tests, and a further 15.5% were recorded in the doubtful category. The tine test is unsuitable for epidemiological use because of the high proportion of negative and doubtful results in people positive on the Mantoux test. For the same reasons its usefulness in clinical practice is very limited.