Table 1.

Summary of M. tuberculosis complex culture and MTD results for smear-positive and smear-negative specimens

Smear result and specimen (no. of specimens)aNo. of patients with tuberculosis by:
Clinical findings CultureMTD
Positive
 Feces (20) 43 4
 W/D/A (8) 5 3 4
 Aspirate (8) 55 4b
 Tissue (17) 99 9
 Pleural fluid (1) 1 1 1
Negative
 Tissue (60) 1 10b
 Aspirate (44) 20 2
 W/D/A (20) 1 1 1
  • a W/D/A, wound, drainage, or abscess; aspirate, aspirate of tissue; tissue, tissue biopsy.

  • b Culture-positive, MTD-negative specimen contained inhibitors.