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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 32-35

Adenosine Deaminase In Synovial Fluid - A Useful Diagnostic Tool For Suspect Tuberculosis



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Osteoarticular tuberculosis remains a common problem in India. The clinical diagnosis is often delayed, by which time irreparable damage is done to the tissues. To determine the efficacy of Adenosine Deaminase levels as a diagnostic tool in suspect tuberculosis, 36 cases of synovial effusions of varied aetiology were studied. With a sensitivity of 95% and specificity of 81.25%, estimation of Adenosine Deaminase levels offer a simple, cheap method of diagnosing synovial effusion of ‘suspect’ tuberculosis aetiology.


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