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acid-fast cocci

phil geis jolobo at MINDSPRING.COM
Sat Nov 23 10:08:42 EST 1996


> Acid-fast cocci???
> 
> David Haveman (SVSA34A at prodigy.com)
> 22 Nov 1996 18:24:43 GMT
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> From: SVSA34A at prodigy.com (David Haveman)
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> Subject: Acid-fast cocci???
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> Date: 22 Nov 1996 18:24:43 GMT
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> Recently I was working with medical missionaries who have a health
> clinic
> in rural Kenya. The lab tech thinks he has found what looks like to
> him
> acid-fast cocci in the sputum of 3 patients. Two of the patients are
> AFB
> neg, one is AFB pos. One patient is a 32 yr. old female, one is a 19
> yr.
> old male, and the third is a middle-aged female. The patients have a
> persistent cough, and have been on tetracycline and penicillin. The
> lab
> tech has used this batch of Ziehl--Nelson stain about 15 times, and
> only
> these 3 times has he found what looks like acid-fast cocci. He took
> one
> of the slides to the lab of a private hospital in Nairobi, and they
> said
> they have not seen anything like that before. The lab tech wants to
> take
> this lab a sample of sputum so they can try to duplicate his results.
> Has
> anyone seen or heard of anything like this before? Is there just some
> obvious mistake that is being made? Please respond with any ideas!
> Thank
> you.
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> Theresa Haveman
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Have you not cultured this I saw no comment re culture success.  Was
this not attempted?



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