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Table 1 Diagnostic practices documented by site of TB during two periods in public health facilities in three districts of Pakistan

From: Are children with tuberculosis in Pakistan managed according to National programme policy guidelines? A study from 3 districts in Punjab

  Pre-intervention (2004-05) n(%) Post-intervention (2006-07) n(%)
  0-14 years 0-5 y 6-14 y 0-14 years 0-5 y 6-14 y
Age groups (years) 189     731    
Pulmonary TB 109 (100)    501 (100)   
TST 0   0 0 316 (63) 195 119
X-ray chest 16 (15) 0 16 346 (69) 195 149
Sputum smear 94 (86) 1 93 159 (32) 3 156
Scores available 0   0 0 75 (15) 42 33
Biopsy 0   0 0 0   0 0
Extra-pulmonary TB 75 (100)    127 (100)   
TST 0   0 0 24 (19) 14 10
X-ray chest 2 (3) 0 2 20 (16) 9 11
Sputum smear 8 (11) 1 7 1 (1) 0 1
Scores available 0   0 0 9 (7) 6 3
Biopsy 1 (1) 1 0 3 (2) 0 3
Site unknown 5 (100)    103 (100)   
TST 0   0 0 69 (67) 41 28
X-ray chest 0   0 0 76 (74) 44 32
Sputum smear 0   0 0 5 (5) 0 5
Scores available 0   0 0 47 (46) 31 16
Biopsy 0   0 0 0   0 0