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Improving the Bacteriological Diagnosis of Tuberculous Meningitis

Authors
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Source
PMC
Keywords
  • Mycobacteriology And Aerobic Actinomycetes
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

We made a bacteriological diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis in 107 of 132 (81%) adults with clinical tuberculous meningitis: acid-fast bacilli were seen in 77 of 132 (58%) and cultured from 94 of 132 (71%). Volume of cerebrospinal fluid, duration of symptoms, cerebrospinal fluid neutrophils, lactate, and glucose were all independently associated with bacteriological confirmation.

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