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Title: Specificity and sensitivity of clinical diagnosis for chronic pneumonia
Authors: Avijgan, M.
Issue Date: 2005
Language: English
Abstract: To compare clinical [non-invasive] diagnosis with bronchoscopic [invasive]diagnosis, a total of 50 patients with chronic pneumonia [sputum smear-negative for tuberculosis] were examined. Age range was 12-82 years. Sensitivity of clinical diagnosis was 100% for tuberculosis and 81.8% for lung cancer; specificity was 67.5% for tuberculosis and 89.7% for lung cancer. Clinical diagnosis was correct in 43.4% of cases suspected of tuberculosis and 69.2% of cases suspected of lung cancer. It may be reliable only for elderly women smokers. Because tuberculosis is over-diagnosed in endemic areas, bronchoscopy is strongly recommended for all cases of chronic pneumonia
Description: 1029-1037
Keywords: Adolescent
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Bacteriological Techniques
Subject: Bronchoscopy
ISSN: 1020-3397
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