Acid Fast Stains: Gastric Asp.

ken_bromberg at interramp.com ken_bromberg at interramp.com
Mon Aug 7 02:03:56 EST 1995

In article <3vtpbj$gj5$1 at mhadg.production.compuserve.com>, 
<74643.642 at CompuServe.COM> writes:
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> 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.

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