DIAGNOSIS OF SPUTUM CULTURE POSITIVE ORGANISMS AND THEIR ANTIMICROBIAL SENSITIVITY PROFILE IN A TERTIARY CARE CENTRE- KANYAKUMARI
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Prince Sree Kumar Pius, Anitha Alexis, Suresh Kumar P, Manivel Ganesan
2017 Journal of Evidence Based Medicine and Healthcare  
BACKGROUND Lower respiratory tract infections are quite common in the general population occurring with increased frequency in older individuals and younger children and those with chronic diseases or compromised immune function. Aetiologic diagnosis of the responsible pathogen is made by culture of respiratory tract secretions or by isolation of a compatible organism from blood (or pleural fluid) cultures. While a positive blood or pleural fluid culture definitely identifies the pathogen, an
more » ... the pathogen, an organism growing from a respiratory specimen is not as readily implicated as the aetiologic agent. Many organisms maybe normal flora or colonisers of the respiratory tract and not responsible for the clinical syndrome. As a result, there is considerable controversy about the diagnostic value of many respiratory specimens. A rationale approach to specimen collection and the interpretation of results must be used if clinically useful information is to be obtained.
doi:10.18410/jebmh/2017/33 fatcat:yykepiqul5fbfllox6n6ggbjxe