Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
versão On-line ISSN 1678-9946
SIQUEIRA-BATISTA, Rodrigo et al. Screening for pulmonary tuberculosis in Teresópolis, RJ, Brazil: the search for respiratory symptomatic patients in emergency service of "Hospital das Clínicas de Teresópolis Costantino Ottaviano, Fundação Educacional Serra dos Órgãos". Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 2005, vol.47, n.2, pp.117-118. ISSN 1678-9946. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46652005000200013.
The aim of the present study was to investigate the detection percentage of tuberculosis among patients that are respiratory symptomatic (TB suspects). In this work, we present the preliminary results of research carried out at "Hospital das Clínicas de Teresópolis Costantino Ottaviano da Fundação Educacional Serra dos Órgãos (FESO)" from November 2003 to April 2004. Among the 40 respiratory symptomatic individuals identified and referred to the Tuberculosis Control Program in Teresópolis, two (5.0%) were characterized as smear-positive. These results confirm reports in the literature and underscore the need for and importance of this strategy.
Palavras-chave : Tuberculosis; Respiratory symptomatic; Prevention.