Acid Fast Stains: Gastric Asp.

Kevin Forward 74643.642 at CompuServe.COM
Fri Aug 4 13:36:35 EST 1995


I think the suggestion that this is a reasonable procedure is 
incorrect. Saprophytic AFB are fairly common in the stomach and 
since the true positives are rare in most settings the predictive 
value of an AFB smear on gastric aspirates has a very low 
predictive value.

K. Forward



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