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PCR testing for TB could lead to significant hospital savings -- AACC outcomes study.

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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PCR TESTING FOR TUBERCULOSIS: "HUGE" COST SAVINGS could be achieved through TB-negative patients sent home early because of faster diagnosis via polymerase chain reaction, according to preliminary data from an American Association for Clinical Chemistry outcomes study. The preliminary findings, which were based on an economic analysis of 54 patients tested for TB, were presented at the annual meeting of the AACC in Anaheim, California on July 17 by Karen Kaul, MD, PhD, Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois.

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