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Lab Update 11 - Molecular Assay For ID Of Mycobacterium Species

Nov 01, 2019 | Microbiology

Infectious Diseases

Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are free-living ubiquitous organisms. More than 200 different species of NTM have been identified by using molecular techniques. The pathogenic potential of different NTM varies. Accurate identification to species level and discrimination from Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex is thus essential in determining the clinical relevance and guiding patient management. The GenoType CM direct assay is a molecular test for the identification of M. tuberculosis complex as well as clinically relevant NTM directly from clinical specimens. This assay is an adjunct to Mycobacterial culture in any patient in which NTM disease is suspected and may be especially useful where microscopy of clinical specimens is positive f...

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