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Which is more accurate for tuberculosis testing: culture or something like pcr?
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: See below
Pcr can detect TB sooner than culture.
Generally both are used. For additional information, consult the website given below. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5801a3.htm?s_cid=mm5801a3_e.

In brief: See below
Pcr can detect TB sooner than culture.
Generally both are used. For additional information, consult the website given below. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5801a3.htm?s_cid=mm5801a3_e.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Sunil Mehra
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Both are good
Pcr helps in quicker diagnosis while culture can take 6 weeks but helps in finding sensitivity of TB bacilli to different drugs.

In brief: Both are good
Pcr helps in quicker diagnosis while culture can take 6 weeks but helps in finding sensitivity of TB bacilli to different drugs.
Dr. Sunil Mehra
Dr. Sunil Mehra
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