In article <3vtpbj$gj5$1 at mhadg.production.compuserve.com>,
<74643.642 at CompuServe.COM> writes:
> From: Kevin Forward <74643.642 at CompuServe.COM>
> Newsgroups: bionet.microbiology
> Subject: Re: Acid Fast Stains: Gastric Asp.
> Date: 4 Aug 1995 18:36:35 GMT
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>> 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
As I said in my previous post. At Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, we
have more TB than most of the US. We do not do AFB stains on aspirates.