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Respiratory Care: Chest Infections |

The Accuracy of BronkoTest in Detecting Bacterial Infection in Patients With Chronic Lung Diseases

Ritaville Elorde, MD; Maria Encarnita Limpin
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Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City, Philippines


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):1241A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.1353
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SESSION TITLE: Chest Infections

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: To deterrmine the accuracy of BronkoTest in detecting bacterial infection in patients with chronic lung diseases.

METHODS: A prospective, cross sectional study involving 89 patients who were diagnosed with chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and bronchiectasis presenting with sputum production. A fresh sputum sample was obtained and simultaneously assessed by the doctor, patient, and nurse. Sputum samples were then compared with the colors of BronkoTest colour chart. Samples graded as 1 and 2 were reflected as mucoid sputum while Grades 3-5 were interpreted as purulent. Gram staining and culture were subsequently done.

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