During the past few years examination of the stomach contents for tubercle bacilli has gained more and more favor as one of the tests which in case of doubt may help the clinician in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. The clinical value of the method has been elucidated by Poulsen1 in regard to children and by Clausen2 in regard to adults.
Another point of importance, to which attention has been drawn by Poulsen, is the danger of infection presented by these patients. Hitherto this has been taken up only on a clinico-epidemiologic basis. It was therefore considered warranted to publish an account of the danger from a purely bacteriologic point of view.
Consequently, in this part of the work a description will be given of the technical basis on which these investigations rest. In addition I shall consider the danger of infection, based partly on determinations of the
LESTER V. FOUR YEARS' EXPERIENCE WITH EXAMINATION OF MATERIAL OBTAINED BY GASTRIC LAVAGE: II. DEMONSTRATION OF TUBERCLE BACILLI. Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(2):322–330. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960090063004
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