Significance of Tubercle Bacilli in the Feces.
Rosenberger, in The American Journal of Medical Sciences, gives the following results of his investigations in fifty-seven cases:
- No acid fast bacillus except the tubercle bacillus was found in the feces.
- The presence of this organism in the feces means that there is active tuberculosis in some portion of the body.
- In acute military tuberculosis the bacillus is always present in the feces.
- In all cases of chronic diarrhea and in cases of general glandular involvement the feces should be examined for tubercle bacilli.
- If tubercle bacilli are found in the feces it does not necessarily signify that there is intestinal ulceration in all cases.
- In arrested or healed pulmonary tuberculosis no tubercle bacilli will be found in the sputum or feces.
- The feces should be studied for tubercle bacilli as a part of routine examination, especially in cases in which no sputum can be obtained.—Med. Standard.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.