Watch for false negatives with Buruli ulcer swabs

Initial negative results can see diagnostic delays of more than 70 days: study

An initial negative test for suspected Buruli ulcer should be treated with caution and repeated, Victorian infectious diseases specialists say.

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While PCR testing of lesion material is the most accurate way of diagnosing the disease, the result for a swab sample may be negative if the lesion is not yet ulcerated, write the authors of a research letter published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

“A negative PCR test result for a suspicious lesion does not exclude Mycobacterium ulcerans disease; the test should be repeated,