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April 1944

TUBERCULIN PATCH TEST AND MANTOUX TESTCOMPARATIVE STUDY IN CASES OF VARIOUS DERMATOSES, INCLUDING TUBERCULODERMS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Skin and Cancer Unit, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, Columbia University.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(4):256-259. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510100032010
Abstract

The patch method of testing for specific hypersensitiveness to tuberculin has been in use since 1908.1 With the introduction of the Vollmer patch test, in 1937,2 there has been new interest in this technic. In the last few years many comparative studies of the patch test and intradermal (Mantoux) technics have been made. Reports vary considerably as to the relative efficiency of the two methods in detecting reactors. Some observers3 have found almost complete correlation between the results obtained with the Vollmer patch test4 and the Mantoux test with purified protein derivative5 and with old tuberculin Koch.6 Others have reported some disparities in the results obtained, having found the Vollmer patch test or patch tests with undiluted old tuberculin antigen either slightly more or slightly less sensitive than the intradermal test with various dilutions of purified protein derivative and

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