The search for an appropriate transport medium for tuberculous sputa is of great interest to the rural centers which are not equipped for bacteriologic diagnosis. Cetylpyridinium bromide at a concentration of 1% was used. 180 Sputa from 90 tuberculous patients residing several hundred kilometers from Algiers were sent to the laboratory, each in 2 plastic containers, one without antiseptic and the other with 5 ml of cetylpyridinium bromide. Microscopic examinations were more frequently positive with samples sent without the transport medium. Inversely, cultures were more frequently positive with samples sent with the antiseptic. This difference can be accounted for by the great number of contaminated cultures from samples sent without cetylpyridinium bromide. However, it was also noted that this transport medium, although a reliable decontaminant, had some toxic effect on the tubercle bacilli.
|Translated title of the contribution||The use of cetylpyridinium bromide as transport medium for tuberculous sputum. A preliminary study|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Archives de l'Institut Pasteur d'Algerie|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1971|
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