|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 78
Sputum bacteriology of patients with acute exacerbations of bronchiectasis
Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ilara-Mokin, Nigeria; Department of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Seriba; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China
|Date of Submission||20-Nov-2018|
|Date of Decision||22-Nov-2018|
|Date of Acceptance||06-Dec-2018|
|Date of Web Publication||30-Apr-2019|
Dr. Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Sputum bacteriology of patients with acute exacerbations of bronchiectasis. Eurasian J Pulmonol 2019;21:78
We read the publication on “Effect of sputum bacteriology on the prognosis of patients with acute exacerbations of bronchiectasis in the intensive care unit (ICU)” with great interest. Ciftci et al. concluded that “Positive bacterial examination of sputum is the most important prognostic factor for patients with bronchiectasis exacerbation admitted to the ICU.” We agree that sputum bacteriology is an important tool for determination of infection among the patients. Nevertheless, whether it is the most important prognostic factor should be discussed. The good clinical management and infectious control in the ICU are required and if the procedure is good performed, the infection should not occur. The prognosis of the patient might relate to other factors such as physiological (genetic, age, sex, etc.) and pathological concurrent personnel illness) backgrounds. Finally, the quality control of the sputum bacteriology test is required. The contamination might occur and leas to false result. In the setting with poor infection control process, not only the nosocomial infection but also contamination in clinical specimen can occur.
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