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Sachin S Dole, Gauri P Godbole, Himanshu S Pophale
BACKGROUND: Medical thoracoscopy has received interest in recent past for diagnostic as well as therapeutic uses. In this study we describe our experience with diagnostic medical thoracoscopy in pleural effusions of undiagnosed etiology. OBJECTIVE: 1.To detect diagnostic yield of medical thoracoscopy in pleural effusions of unknown etiology. 2.To find complication rate in these patients. METHODOLOGY: In a retrospective analysis of thoracoscopic procedures performed between March 2011 and December 2014, diagnostic yield and complications of thoracoscopic pleural biopsy for achieving a diagnosis in undiagnosed pleural effusions were evaluated...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Yong Suk Jo, Ju-Hee Park, Jung Kyu Lee, Eun Young Heo, Hee Soon Chung, Deog Kyeom Kim
The prevalence and clinical implications of discordance between Xpert MTB/RIF assays and the AdvanSure TB/NTM real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for bronchial washing specimens have not been studied in pulmonary TB (PTB) patients. The discordant proportion and its clinical impact were evaluated in 320 patients from the bronchoscopy registry whose bronchial washing specimens were tested simultaneously with Xpert MTB/RIF and the TB/NTM PCR assay for three years, and the accuracy of the assays, including the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV), were studied...
2016: PloS One
Christian S Lentz, Alvaro A Ordonez, Paulina Kasperkiewicz, Florencia La Greca, Anthony J O'Donoghue, Christopher J Schulze, James C Powers, Charles S Craik, Marcin Drag, Sanjay K Jain, Matthew Bogyo
Although serine proteases are important mediators of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) virulence, there are currently no tools to selectively block or visualize members of this family of enzymes. Selective reporter substrates or activity-based probes (ABPs) could provide a means to monitor infection and response to therapy using imaging methods. Here, we use a combination of substrate selectivity profiling and focused screening to identify optimized reporter substrates and ABPs for the Mtb "Hydrolase important for pathogenesis 1" (Hip1) serine protease...
July 15, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Jennifer K Roe, Niclas Thomas, Eliza Gil, Katharine Best, Evdokia Tsaliki, Stephen Morris-Jones, Sian Stafford, Nandi Simpson, Karolina D Witt, Benjamin Chain, Robert F Miller, Adrian Martineau, Mahdad Noursadeghi
BACKGROUND. Novel rapid diagnostics for active tuberculosis (TB) are required to overcome the time delays and inadequate sensitivity of current microbiological tests that are critically dependent on sampling the site of disease. Multiparametric blood transcriptomic signatures of TB have been described as potential diagnostic tests. We sought to identify the best transcript candidates as host biomarkers for active TB, extend the evaluation of their specificity by comparison with other infectious diseases, and to test their performance in both pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Zhuoyu Wang, Nandini Dendukuri, Lawrence Joseph
When two imperfect diagnostic tests are carried out on the same subject, their results may be correlated even after conditioning on the true disease status. While past work has focused on the consequences of ignoring conditional dependence, the degree to which conditional dependence can be induced has not been systematically studied. We examine this issue in detail by introducing a hypothetical missing covariate that affects the sensitivities of two imperfect dichotomous tests. We consider four forms for this covariate, normal, uniform, dichotomous and trichotomous...
October 11, 2016: Statistics in Medicine
Preeti Sule, Ronak Tilvawala, Parnia Behinaein, Grant K Walkup, Jeffrey D Cirillo
Although tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in humans worldwide and diagnostic methods have been in place for more than 100 years, diagnosis remains a challenge. The main problems with diagnosis relate to the time needed to obtain a definitive result, difficulty in obtaining sputum, the primary clinical material used, and the ability of the causative agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, to cause disease in nearly any tissue within the body. In order to decrease incidence of TB, discovery of a novel interventions will be required, since current technologies have only been able to control numbers of infections, not reduce them...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
Patricia J Simner, Gail L Woods, Nancy L Wengenack
The immunocompromised host is at increased risk of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and nontuberculous mycobacteria infection. Although Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex is a significant mycobacterial pathogen, nontuberculous mycobacteria causes substantial disease in those with suppressed immune responses. Mycobacterial infections can cause significant morbidity and mortality in this patient population, and rapid identification and susceptibility testing of the mycobacterial species is paramount to patient management and outcomes...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Yoo Jin Lee, Seojin Kim, Youngjin Kang, Jiyoon Jung, Eunjung Lee, Joo-Young Kim, Jeong Hyeon Lee, Youngseok Lee, Yang-Seok Chae, Chul Hwan Kim
Background: Mycobacterial culture is the gold standard test for diagnosing tuberculosis (TB), but it is time-consuming. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a highly sensitive and specific method that can reduce the time required for diagnosis. The diagnostic efficacy of PCR differs, so this study determined the actual sensitivity of TB-PCR in tissue specimens. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 574 cases. The results of the nested PCR of the IS6110 gene, mycobacterial culture, TB-specific antigen-induced interferon-γ release assay (IGRA), acid-fast bacilli (AFB) staining, and histological findings were evaluated...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
Ping Zhao, Qin Yu, Liang Chen, Man Zhang
OBJECTIVE: A retrospective study comparing the diagnostic performance of the BACTEC™ MGIT™ 960 system (M960 system; BD Worldwide, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) with Löwenstein-Jensen (L-J) culture to detect mycobacteria in sputum specimens from patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). METHODS: Sputum samples were analysed for the presence of acid-fast bacilli (AFB). Samples were inoculated into the M960 system and L-J culture. Positive cultures were examined for the presence of AFB...
September 29, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Wei Song, Li Liu, Hongzhou Lu
Obstract: To identify Mycobacteria isolated from AIDS patients and to evaluate the diagnostic value of MBP64 antigen Colloidal Gold Diagnostic Kit in distinguishing Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB) and Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Methods: A total of 140 Mycobacteria isolates from AIDS patients were collected and identified by using 16SrDNA PCR assay as well as immune colloidal gold technique (MBP64 antigen Colloidal Gold Diagnostic Kit). The sensitivity and specificity of Colloidal Gold method was analyzed...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
El Mehdi Bentaleb, Mohammed Abid, My Driss El Messaoudi, Brahim Lakssir, El Mostafa Ressami, Saaïd Amzazi, Hassan Sefrioui, Hassan Ait Benhassou
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health problem and remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Routinely used TB diagnostic methods, in most endemic areas, are time-consuming, often less-sensitive, expensive and inaccessible to most patients. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the development of early, easy to use and effective diagnosis tools of TB, which can be effectively integrated into resource limited settings, to anticipate the early treatment and limit further spread of the disease...
September 27, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Alexandre Drouin, Sébastien Giguère, Maxime Déraspe, Mario Marchand, Michael Tyers, Vivian G Loo, Anne-Marie Bourgault, François Laviolette, Jacques Corbeil
BACKGROUND: The identification of genomic biomarkers is a key step towards improving diagnostic tests and therapies. We present a reference-free method for this task that relies on a k-mer representation of genomes and a machine learning algorithm that produces intelligible models. The method is computationally scalable and well-suited for whole genome sequencing studies. RESULTS: The method was validated by generating models that predict the antibiotic resistance of C...
September 26, 2016: BMC Genomics
Guesly J Delva, Ingrid Francois, Cassidy W Claassen, Darwin Dorestan, Barbara Bastien, Sandra Medina-Moreno, Dumesle St Fort, Robert R Redfield, Ulrike K Buchwald
Background. Haiti has the highest tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in the Americas with 254 cases per 100,000 persons. Case detection relies on passive detection and TB services in many regions suffer from poor diagnostic and clinical resources. Methods. Mache Chache ("Go and Seek") was a TB REACH Wave 3 funded TB case finding project in Port-au-Prince between July 2013 and September 2014, targeting four intervention areas with insufficient TB diagnostic performance. Results. Based on a verbal symptom screen emphasizing the presence of cough, the project identified 11,150 (11...
2016: Tuberculosis Research and Treatment
Dimitrios Papaventsis, Nicola Casali, Irina Kontsevaya, Francis Drobniewski, Daniela Maria Cirillo, Vlad Nikolayevskyy
OBJECTIVES: We conducted a systematic review to determine the diagnostic accuracy of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) of M. tuberculosis for the detection of resistance to first and second line anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs. METHODS: The study was conducted according to the criteria of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews group. A total of 20 publications were included. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV of WGS using phenotypic Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST) methods as a gold standard were determined...
September 22, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Husseiny Sh Moussa, Faten S Bayoumi, Ahmed M Ali
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the performance of GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay for direct diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB).   METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study conducted between October 2013 and February 2016 at Abbassaia Chest Hospital and Ain Shams University Hospital, Cairo, Egypt. Inclusion criteria were adults between 18 and 60 years with suspected PTB and classified into 5 clinical categories based on their clinical, radiological, and laboratory findings:  confirmed TB, probable TB, possible TB, unlikely TB, and not TB...
October 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Yong Chen, Zhengan Yuan, Xin Shen, Jie Wu, Zheyuan Wu, Biao Xu
Introduction. Second-line antituberculosis drugs (SLDs) are used for treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Prolonged delays before confirming MDR-TB with drug susceptibility testing (DST) could result in transmission of drug-resistant strains and inappropriate use of SLDs, thereby increasing the risk of resistance to SLDs. This study investigated the diagnostic delay in DST and prevalence of baseline SLD resistance in Shanghai and described the distribution of SLD resistance with varied delays to DST...
2016: BioMed Research International
Matobogolo M Boaz, Samuel Kalluvya, Jennifer A Downs, Bonaventura C T Mpondo, Stephen E Mshana
Background. Limited information exists on the etiologies, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of meningitis among HIV-infected patients in Africa. We conducted a study to determine the etiology, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of meningitis among HIV-infected adults. Methods. A prospective cross-sectional hospital based study was conducted among HIV-infected patients aged ≥18 years admitted to the medical wards with symptoms and signs of meningitis. Sociodemographic and clinical information were collected using a standardized data collection tool...
2016: Journal of Tropical Medicine
Mukesh Kumar Thakur, Dharmender Kumar Sinha, Bhoj Raj Singh
AIM: A cross-sectional study was undertaken to know the herd prevalence and evaluate the single intradermal tuberculin testing (SITT), culture isolation, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis for the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis (TB). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 541 cows of three dairy farms of Bareilly and Mukteshwar were screened by SITT followed by collection of pre-scapular lymph node (PSLN) aspirates (71), milk (54), and blood (71) samples from reactor animals...
August 2016: Veterinary World
Song Wei, Liu Li, L U Hongzhou
Obstract: To identify Mycobacteria isolated from AIDS patients and to evaluate the diagnostic value of MBP64 antigen Colloidal Gold Diagnostic Kit in distinguishing Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB) and Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Methods: A total of 140 Mycobacteria isolates from AIDS patients were collected and identified by using 16SrDNA PCR assay as well as immune colloidal gold technique (MBP64 antigen Colloidal Gold Diagnostic Kit). The sensitivity and specificity of Colloidal Gold method was analyzed...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
Hyunjung Kim, Jehoon Lee, Hi Jeong Kwon, Kwan Hyoung Kim, Chang Dong Yeo, Jin Woo Kim, Hae Kyung Lee
BACKGROUND: This study compared the diagnostic power of isothermal target and probe amplification (iTPA) with the existing real-time PCR for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). METHOD: The two molecular methods were performed using DNA extracted directly from lower respiratory tract samples, not from the culture broth. A total of 174 non-consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis were enrolled in this study. Acid-fast bacilli (AFB) stain and liquid culture with the BACTEC MGIT 960 system (Becton Dickinson Diagnostic, USA) were performed...
September 2016: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
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