The performance of the Abbott Real Time MTB assay for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in respiratory specimens was evaluated using a standard culture as the reference. The overall concordance between both methods was 0.95. The assay displayed an excellent sensitivity (100% for smear-positive/92.3% for smear-negative specimens) and specificity (100%).
Keywords: Acid-fast smear; Culture; Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex; Real-time PCR assays; Respiratory specimens.
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