TABLE 1.

Classification of 261 patients suspected of pulmonary tuberculosis according to the selection criteria of the Belgian Centres for Molecular Diagnosis

Population groupNo. of patientsSelection criteria
146No prior treatment for M. tuberculosis infection within 1 year; positive smear result
2159No prior treatment for M. tuberculosis infection within 1 year; negative smear result; clinical signs of tuberculosis infection and an abnormal chest X-ray or CT-scan result and an absence of RTI with bacterial pathogens
356No prior treatment for M. tuberculosis infection within 1 year; negative smear result; no clinical signs of tuberculosis infection or a negative chest X-ray or CT scan result or the presence of RTI with bacterial pathogens