Common Challenges in Laboratory Diagnosis and Management of Tuberculosis

AUTHORS

M Bahadori 1 , MH Azizi 2 , *

1 Department of Pathology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Academy of Medical Sciences, Iran

2 Department of Otolaryngology, Academy of Medical Sciences, [email protected], Iran

How to Cite: Bahadori M, Azizi M. Common Challenges in Laboratory Diagnosis and Management of Tuberculosis, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 14(1):3-9.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 14 (1); 3-9
Article Type: Review Article
Received: June 10, 2011
Accepted: September 12, 2011

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Abstract

The history of tuberculosis (TB) traces back to antiquity. Despite significant progress of various diagnostic methods and introduction of anti-tuberculosis drugs in past decades, TB is still a major worldwide health concern which leads annually to two million deaths, especially after the emergence of multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium TB and HIV co-infection. Presented here is a brief review of conventional and new TB diagnostic laboratory methods including their advantages and disadvantages as well as common challenges in diagnosis and management of TB.

Keywords

Tuberculosis Laboratory Diagnosis Management

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