Choosing the decolourizer and its strength to stainMycobacterium leprae. Does it actually matter?

R. DE SOLDENHOFF, M. HATTA, T. WELING SIRO
1998 Leprosy Review  
Leprosy bacilli are more easily decolourized during stammg than tuberculosis bacilli, so a weaker concentration of decolourizer is usually recom mended. In Indonesia, the same 'strong' decolourizer is used for identifying both organisms. In a study to compare the results using different concentrations of different decolourizers, no difference could be found in the bacterial index (BI). It is suggested that the same staining technique can be used for tuberculosis and leprosy.
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