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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326327/national-roll-out-of-latent-tuberculosis-testing-and-treatment-for-new-migrants-in-england-a-retrospective-evaluation-in-a-high-incidence-area
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Miranda G Loutet, Matthew Burman, Nivenka Jayasekera, Duncan Trathen, Susan Dart, Heinke Kunst, Dominik Zenner
Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) screening is an important intervention for tuberculosis (TB) elimination in low-incidence countries and is, therefore, a key component of England's TB control strategy. This study describes outcomes from a LTBI screening programme in a high-incidence area to inform national LTBI screening in England and other low-incidence countries.We conducted a retrospective cohort study of LTBI screening among eligible migrants (from high-incidence countries and entered the UK within the last 5 years), who were identified at primary-care clinics in Newham, London between August 2014 and August 2015...
January 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325798/evaluation-of-the-performance-of-two-tuberculosis-interferon-gamma-release-assays-igra-elisa-and-t-spot-tb-for-diagnosing-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
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Linchuan Wang, Xu-Dong Tian, Yan Yu, Wei Chen
OBJECTIVES: The IGRA-ELISA and T-SPOT.TB are widely used in China. The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of the two assays in diagnosis Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. METHODS: Of the 3727 patients in the study, 204 underwent testing using both the T-SPOT.TB and IGRA-ELISA, 1794 were tested using the T-SPOT.TB only, and 1729 were tested using the IGRA-ELISA only. The positive rate and consistency of the two assays were analyzed, and their sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing active tuberculosis were compared...
January 8, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310595/potential-of-dosr-and-rpf-antigens-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-to-discriminate-between-latent-and-active-tuberculosis-in-a-tuberculosis-endemic-population-of-medellin-colombia
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Leonar Arroyo, Diana Marín, Kees L M C Franken, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Luis F Barrera
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the most deadly infectious diseases. One-third to one-fourth of the human population is estimated to be infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) without showing clinical symptoms, a condition called latent TB infection (LTBI). Diagnosis of Mtb infection is based on the immune response to a mixture of mycobacterial antigens (PPD) or to Mtb specific ESAT-6/CFP10 antigens (IGRA), highly expressed during the initial phase of infection. However, the immune response to PPD and IGRA antigens has a low power to discriminate between LTBI and PTB...
January 8, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290264/the-predictive-value-of-the-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assay-for-chemotherapy-responses-in-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#4
Hsu-Ching Huang, Wei-Juin Su, Chi-Lu Chiang, Jia-Yih Feng, Hsin-Yi Huang, Ching-Hsiung Lin, Sheng-Hao Lin, Ching-Yuan Cheng, Chao-Hua Chiu
OBJECTIVES: IFN-γ takes part in immunologic responses to cancer and its interactions with chemotherapy have also been described. Our previous study had showed an association between phytohemagglutinin (PHA)-stimulated IFN-γ (PSIG) response and overall survival in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Here, we aimed to evaluate the correlation between PSIG and chemotherapy responses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 2011 to August 2012, 340 newly diagnosed patients with lung cancer were enrolled in a prospective latent tuberculosis observational study...
January 2018: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284704/corrigendum-igras-et-al-systems-approach-to-monitoring-and-evaluation-guides-scale-up-of-the-standard-days-method-of-family-planning-in-rwanda
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Susan Igras, Irit Sinai, Marie Mukabatsinda, Fidele Ngabo, Victoria Jennings, Rebecka Lundgren
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 28, 2017: Global Health, Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277097/systemic-review-agreement-between-the-latent-tuberculosis-screening-tests-among-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases
#6
Junhee Pyo, Soo-Kyung Cho, Dam Kim, Yoon-Kyoung Sung
Background/Aims: To estimate the level of agreement and positivity rates of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) tests prior to the use of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors in relation to underlying rheumatic diseases and endemic tuberculosis levels. Methods: The Ovid-Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Libraries were searched for articles before October 2013 involving LTBI screening in rheumatic patients, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and psoriatic arthritis...
December 28, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223317/sequential-strategy-for-the-ltbi-screening-of-newly-arrived-immigrants-in-vulnerable-social-situations
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Núria Serre-Delcor, Begoña Treviño-Maruri, M Teresa Tórtola, Manuel Fernández-Quevedo, Antoni Soriano-Arandes, Inés Oliveira-Souto, Mateu Espasa, Israel Molina, Carlos Ascaso
INTRODUCTION: Some studies indicate high prevalences of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in the immigrant population, which is relevant because 5-10% of cases will develop active tuberculosis. The objective of this study is to describe the results of a sequential strategy in the newly-arrived immigrant population for the diagnosis of LTBI using the tuberculin skin test (TST) and IGRAs. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study was carried out with immigrants between 6 and 35years of age from shelters, referred to an international health unit between July 2013 and June 2016...
December 6, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216851/what-does-igra-testing-add-to-the-diagnosis-of-ocular-tuberculosis-a-bayesian-latent-class-analysis
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Rupesh Agrawal, Robert Grant, Bhaskar Gupta, Dinesh Visva Gunasekeran, Julio J Gonzalez-Lopez, Peter K F Addison, Mark Westcott, Carlos E Pavesio
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the contribution made to the diagnostic work-up for patients with suspected ocular tuberculosis (TB) by QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT) tests using latent class analysis model. METHODS: A single centre retrospective cohort study. A Bayesian latent class model was constructed on the basis of demographics, phenotypes and test results from patients attending a tertiary referral center in the UK. This estimated the probability of ocular TB for each patient in two versions, first with and then without QFT...
December 8, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216277/immune-mediated-inflammatory-diseases-differently-affect-igras-accuracy-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-diagnosis-in-clinical-practice
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Irene Latorre, Sonia Mínguez, José-Manuel Carrascosa, Juan Naves, Raquel Villar-Hernández, Beatriz Muriel, Cristina Prat, Esther García-García, Irma Casas, Eugeni Domènech, Carlos Ferrándiz, Lourdes Mateo, Jose Domínguez
BACKGROUND: Clinical accuracy of IGRAs remains unclear on patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs). Here, we assess the impact of immunosuppressants and IMIDs on QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFN-G-IT) and T-SPOT.TB accuracy. METHODS: Patients with IMIDs who required latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) screening were enrolled and classified into: (i) 50 patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases, (ii) 50 patients with psoriasis and (iii) 30 patients with Crohn's disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204099/tuberculosis-infection-in-children-with-proteinuria-nephrotic-syndrome
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Hanna Szymanik-Grzelak, Elżbieta Kuźma-Mroczkowska, Piotr Skrzypczyk, Teresa Bielecka, Iwona Kotula, Małgorzata Pańczyk-Tomaszewska
Children with nephrotic syndrome (NS) are at greater risk of infections than the general population, due to immunodeficiency in the course of the disease and the treatment. In this study we present 4 children (2 girls, 2 boys), mean age 7.6 ±5.1 years, with NS/proteinuria and latent tuberculosis in 3 children and lymph node tuberculosis in 1 child. The reasons for testing these children for tuberculosis (TB) were the evaluation of the epidemiological status before treatment with corticosteroids (GCS), leukopenia and the relapse of NS, and non-nephrotic proteinuria...
2017: Central-European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190430/evaluating-uk-national-guidance-for-screening-of-children-for-tb-a-prospective-multi-centre-study
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Beate Kampmann, James A Seddon, James Paton, Zohreh Nademi, Denis Keane, Bhanu Williams, Amanda Williams, Sue Liebeschutz, Anna Riddell, Jolanta Bernatoniene, Sanjay Patel, Nuria Martinez, Paddy McMaster, Robindra Basu-Roy, Steven B Welch
Rationale and Objective In order to identify infected contacts of tuberculosis (TB) cases, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended the addition of interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA) to the tuberculin skin test (TST) in its 2006 TB guidelines. Treatment for TB infection was no longer recommended for children screened TST-positive but IGRA-negative. We carried out a cohort study to evaluate the risk of TB disease in this group. Methods Children exposed to an infectious case of TB in their household were recruited from 11 paediatric TB clinics...
November 30, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187669/usefulness-of-the-combination-of-tuberculin-skin-test-and-interferon-gamma-release-assay-in-diagnosing-children-with-tuberculosis
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Hiroyuki Shimizu, Masaaki Mori
Japan is still designated as a medium incidence country, worldwide. Although the definitive diagnosis of tuberculosis is made by detecting pathogen from tissue specimens, collecting those from children is physically difficult. Therefore, we must frequently depend on the results of tuberculin skin test (TST) or interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA). However, the value of IGRA in diagnosing tuberculosis in infants remains unclear. We implemented TST and IGRA concurrently and examined the significance of combining these two tests by analyzing cases where conflicting results were evident from other tests...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182688/interferon-gamma-release-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-a-latent-class-analysis
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Tan N Doan, Damon P Eisen, Morgan T Rose, Andrew Slack, Grace Stearnes, Emma S McBryde
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is essential for TB elimination. However, the absence of a gold standard test for diagnosing LTBI makes assessment of the true prevalence of LTBI and the accuracy of diagnostic tests challenging. Bayesian latent class models can be used to make inferences about disease prevalence and the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests using data on the concordance between tests. We performed the largest meta-analysis to date aiming to evaluate the performance of tuberculin skin test (TST) and interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) for LTBI diagnosis in various patient populations using Bayesian latent class modelling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174965/il-6-release-of-rv0183-antigen-stimulated-whole-blood-is-a-potential-biomarker-for-active-tuberculosis-patients
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Yongliang Liu, Xiaofei Li, Wei Liu, Yang Liu, Zhouyue Zhong, Lili Wang, ShengXiang Ge, Jun Zhang, Ningshao Xia
OBJECTIVE: New tests for diagnosing active tuberculosis (aTB) are urgently needed, and TB antigen-specific cell-mediated immunity can be expected to develop new testing methods of aTB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rv0183 protein, the only monoglyceride lipase identified in mycobacteria, was used to stimulate freshly heparin-treated whole blood. The Rv0183-specific cytokines/chemokines response associated with aTB was screened firstly with 4 aTB patients and 4 LTBIs, and further evaluated in 192 suspected aTB patients and 372 healthy individuals...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164066/application-of-immunoscore-model-for-the-differentiation-between-active-tuberculosis-and-latent-tuberculosis-infection-as-well-as-monitoring-anti-tuberculosis-therapy
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Yu Zhou, Juan Du, Hong-Yan Hou, Yan-Fang Lu, Jing Yu, Li-Yan Mao, Feng Wang, Zi-Yong Sun
Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading global public health problem. To achieve the end TB strategy, non-invasive markers for diagnosis and treatment monitoring of TB disease are urgently needed, especially in high-endemic countries such as China. Interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) and tuberculin skin test (TST), frequently used immunological methods for TB detection, are intrinsically unable to discriminate active tuberculosis (ATB) from latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Thus, the specificity of these methods in the diagnosis of ATB is dependent upon the local prevalence of LTBI...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142046/quantitative-analysis-of-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assay-response-in-children-with-latent-and-active-tuberculosis
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Giulia Lombardi, Roberta Petrucci, Ilaria Corsini, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Francesca Visciotti, Filippo Bernardi, Maria Paola Landini, Salvatore Cazzato, Paola Dal Monte
The use of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) release assays (IGRAs) for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) infection in children is still under debate because of concerns about their immature immune response.The aim of this study was to investigate quantitative values of QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-IT), a commercially available IGRA, in a large cohort of children screened for TB infection.A retrospective analysis was conducted on samples from 517 children aged 0-14 years old at the Pediatric Unit of S. Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital of Bologna (Italy); quantitative responses to QFT-IT stimuli were analyzed according to diagnosis and age...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140933/t-spot-tb%C3%A2-performance-in-routine-pediatric-practice-in-a-low-tb-burden-setting
#17
Anna M Mandalakas, Heather Y Highsmith, Nadine M Harris, Anna Pawlicka, H Lester Kirchner
BACKGROUND: The T-SPOT.TB, an interferon-γ release assay (IGRA), is an indirect test of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Due to sparse and conflicting evidence, IGRA use is limited in young and HIV-infected children. We determined the prevalence of invalid, borderline, positive, and negative results and associations with key demographic variables during routine pediatric use in a TB low-burden setting. METHODS: For pediatric samples received at Oxford Diagnostic Laboratories from 2010-2015, the associations between initial test outcome and demographics were estimated by bivariate analysis and logistic regression...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125874/pulmonary-immune-responses-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-exposed-individuals
#18
Christian Herzmann, Martin Ernst, Christoph Lange, Steffen Stenger, Stefan H E Kaufmann, Norbert Reiling, Tom Schaberg, Lize van der Merwe, Jeroen Maertzdorf
BACKGROUND: Blood based Interferon-(IFN)-γ release assays (IGRAs) have a poor predictive value for the development of tuberculosis. This study aimed to investigate the correlation between IGRAs and pulmonary immune responses in tuberculosis contacts in Germany. METHODS: IGRAs were performed on bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cells and peripheral blood from close healthy contacts of patients with culturally confirmed tuberculosis. Cellular BAL composition was determined by flow cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108749/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-quantiferon-tb-gold-plus-compared-with-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-and-t-spot-tb-on-active-tuberculosis-in-japan
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Jin Takasaki, Toshie Manabe, Eriko Morino, Yoshikazu Muto, Masao Hashimoto, Motoyasu Iikura, Shinyu Izumi, Haruhito Sugiyama, Koichiro Kudo
BACKGROUND: The QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) was introduced in 2015 as a new generation of interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) designed to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection (TB). Examination of its diagnostic accuracy is crucial before it is launched in Japan. METHOD: We examined 99 patients with laboratory-confirmed active TB (patients) and 117 healthy volunteers with no risk of TB infection (controls) at a medical center in Tokyo, Japan. Blood samples were collected from both the patients and controls and tested using three types of IGRAs: the QFT-Plus, the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT), and the T-SPOT...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076252/tuberculosis-screening-prior-to-anti-tumor-necrosis-factor-therapy-among-patients-with-immune-mediated-inflammatory-diseases-in-japan-a-longitudinal-study-using-a-large-scale-health-insurance-claims-database
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Jun Tomio, Hayato Yamana, Hiroki Matsui, Hiroyuki Yamashita, Takashi Yoshiyama, Hideo Yasunaga
AIM: Tuberculosis screening is recommended for patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) prior to anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy. However, adherence to the recommended practice is unknown in the current clinical setting in Japan. METHODS: We used a large-scale health insurance claims database in Japan to conduct a longitudinal observational study. Of more than two million beneficiaries in the database between 2013 and 2014, we enrolled those with IMIDs aged 15-69 years who had initiated anti-TNF therapy...
October 26, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
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