Rapid Detection of Mycobacteria in Patients with HIV Infection.
Annual rept. 15 Mar 1991-14 Mar 1992,
ARMED FORCES INST OF PATHOLOGY WASHINGTON DC
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Mycobacterium avium and M. intracellular also known as the M. avium complex or MAC are the etiologic agents of the most common systemic bacterial infections in patients with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome AIDS 8, 13, 20, 30. Tuberculosis also remains a major health problem in urban areas in the U.S. as well as in developing countries. Although treatment for M. aviumM. intracellular infections is usually disappointing 20,30, effective chemotherapy is available for tuberculosis however, efficient patient management and control of transmission 9 are comprised by inadequacies in current laboratory techniques resulting in a delay of six to eight weeks before a definitive diagnosis, i.e., demonstration and speciation of acid-fast bacilli AFB can be accomplished. the recent outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis makes the need for rapid identification even more acute.
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