THE TUBERCULIN skin test is an important aid in the detection of tuberculosis. Numerous studies have confirmed the specificity and accuracy of the Mantoux test and it has become the standard. However, there are certain inconveniences associated with the use of the Mantoux test, such as the need for syringes, needles, freshly prepared solution, and proper technique in application.
The need for a more convenient test has been recognized for some time. Considerable effort has been spent in search of a single-dose tuberculin skin test which is simple, accurate, and reliable, and yields results closely comparable to those of the Mantoux test. Such a test should be easy to apply and read and should be acceptable to the recipient as well as to the performer. It should give similar and consistent results when used by personnel of varied abilities, training, and experience. The test should be adaptable for use effectively
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