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Tuberculosis test

Tuberculosis test

Tuberculosis test: A tuberculosis test is used to identify the causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, from a patient's sputum; the sputum can be applied to a special medium that is permissive for growth of this bacterium. However, newer, more rapid methods of identifying the bacteria include the BACTEC method, which detects mycobacterial growth very quickly, and polymerase chain reaction, which can identify M. Tuberculosis nucleic acid in 36 to 48 hours.

Tuberculosis test: Other Names

Other names for Tuberculosis test include:

  • TB culture
  • BACTEC method

Symptoms Associated with Tuberculosis test

These symptoms may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with Tuberculosis test:

Diseases Associated with Tuberculosis test

These diseases or medical conditions may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with Tuberculosis test:

  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection
  • Mycobacterial nontuberculosis disease

Basic Information: Tuberculosis test

Disease or Condition count: 0; see list of conditions below. These are the diseases or medical conditions in which the medical test 'Tuberculosis test' may be involved.

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