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The identification of Nocardia in BAL specimens of bronchoscopic patients by using classical and molecular methods

Author(s): Heidarzadeh S | Pourmand MR | Ghasemi A | Zarrinfar H | Saber S | Soori T | Mirhendi SH | Hosseini M | Khalifehgholi M | Mardani N | Eshraghi SS

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 69;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 581;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Broncoalveolar lavage | identification | culture | molecular diagnosis | Nocardia

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