Volume 92, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Improved tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics are required. Induced sputum sampling is superior to spontaneous sputum analysis for diagnosis of pulmonary TB. Therefore, we examined the applicability of induced sputum in primary health centers of the Peruvian TB program and studied the safety and tolerability of this procedure. We show that induced sputum is safe, inexpensive, and well-tolerated in a resource-limited environment. Widespread use of induced sputum at primary health centers can be implemented and may improve TB diagnosis.

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  • Received : 15 Sep 2014
  • Accepted : 09 Nov 2014
  • Published online : 04 Mar 2015

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