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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340299/prospective-study-of-the-feasibility-of-point-of-care-testing-strategy-for-carbapenem-resistant-organism-detection
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Rahul Pannala, Bruce Baldwin, Vijay Aluru, Thomas E Grys, Jordan Holmes, Laurence J Miller, M Edwyn Harrison, Cuong C Nguyen, Fred C Tenover, David Persing, Douglas O Faigel
Background/aims:  In an investigator-initiated, prospective study, we evaluated the feasibility of a five-gene sequence point-of-care (POC) testing strategy (Xpert CARBA-R Assay, Cepheid Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA), compared to reference laboratory PCR (48 - 72 hours turnaround time, two gene sequences), in patients undergoing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and in a hospital outbreak investigation. Methods:  After informed consent, patients undergoing ERCP (September 2015 - April 2016, n = 191) at Mayo Clinic and potential hospital contacts (n = 9) of an index carbapenem-resistant organism (CRO)-positive inpatient were included...
January 2018: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336823/a-reliable-and-easy-to-transport-quality-control-method-for-chlamydia-and-gonorrhoea-molecular-point-of-care-testing
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S G Badman, L M Causer, R Guy, H Wand, B Donovan, S N Tabrizi, D Speers, M D Shephard, A Vallely, D Whiley
Quality control (QC) is an essential component of point-of-care testing programs. In the context of a randomised-controlled trial (TTANGO) using GeneXpert (Xpert) Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (CT/NG) point-of-care testing in remote areas of Australia, we aimed to develop and utilise a stable positive control material. Bacterial cultures of CT and NG were resuspended together to provide cycle threshold (Ct) values of approximately 25 cycles for both CT and NG when tested on the Xpert CT/NG assay...
January 11, 2018: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332654/evaluation-of-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-assay-in-the-diagnosis-of-tubercular-lymphadenitis-a-pilot-study
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Baijayantimala Mishra, Vinaykumar Hallur, Bijayini Behera, C Preetam, Priti Nanda Mishra, Jyotirmayee Turuk, Prasanta Raghab Mohapatra
Tubercular lymphadenitis (TBLA) contributes to 30-40% of extrapulmonary TB cases in the immunocompetent individuals and 40-50% in people with HIV. Current diagnostic methods for TBLA like Gene-Xpert or PCR are costly and conventional methods like fine needle aspiration cytology, histopathology lack sensitivity and specificity. Culture which is considered as gold standard require high turnaround time. Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay has been developed as a novel technique for nucleic acid amplification and has shown promising results in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329754/comparison-of-cepheid%C3%A2-xpert-flu-and-roche-realtime-ready-influenza-a-h1n1-detection-set-for-detection-of-influenza-a-h1n1
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Ali A Rabaan, Ali M Bazzi, Sana A Alshaikh
OBJECTIVE: To compare two influenza polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods. METHODS: A total of 749 suspected MERS-CoV patients presenting at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, Saudi Arabia, each submitted a clinical sample for influenza A reflex testing using the on-site Cepheid® Xpert Flu assay and at the Ministry of Health laboratory by the Roche PCR assay. RESULTS: There was 92.12% overall agreement between the two methods. Specificity of the Cepheid® Xpert Flu was 95...
December 16, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305538/false-positive-xpert-mtb-rif-results-in-re-tested-patients-with-previous-tuberculosis-frequency-profile-and-prospective-clinical-outcomes
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Grant Theron, Rouxjeane Venter, Liezel Smith, Aliasgar Esmail, Philippa Randall, Vishesh Sood, Suzette Oelfese, Greg Calligaro, Robin Warren, Keertan Dheda
Introduction: Globally, Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) is the most widely-used PCR test for tuberculosis (TB). Positive results in previously-treated patients, which are due to old DNA or active disease, are a diagnostic dilemma.Materials and methods: We prospectively re-tested sputum from 238 patients, irrespective of current symptoms, who were previously-diagnosed as Xpert-positive and treated successfully. Patients who re-tested as Xpert-positive, culture-negative were exhaustively investigated (repeated culture, chest radiography, bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage, long-term clinical follow-up)...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305460/delays-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-bone-and-joint-tuberculosis-in-the-united-kingdom
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C Broderick, S Hopkins, D J F Mack, W Aston, R Pollock, J A Skinner, S Warren
AIMS: Tuberculosis (TB) infection of bones and joints accounts for 6.7% of TB cases in England, and is associated with significant morbidity and disability. Public Health England reports that patients with TB experience delays in diagnosis and treatment. Our aims were to determine the demographics, presentation and investigation of patients with a TB infection of bones and joints, to help doctors assessing potential cases and to identify avoidable delays. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study of all adults with positive TB cultures on specimens taken at a tertiary orthopaedic centre between June 2012 and May 2014...
January 2018: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304039/establishing-ebola-virus-disease-evd-diagnostics-using-genexpert-technology-at-a-mobile-laboratory-in-liberia-impact-on-outbreak-response-case-management-and-laboratory-systems-strengthening
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Philomena Raftery, Orla Condell, Christine Wasunna, Jonathan Kpaka, Ruth Zwizwai, Mahmood Nuha, Mosoka Fallah, Maxwell Freeman, Victoria Harris, Mark Miller, April Baller, Moses Massaquoi, Victoria Katawera, John Saindon, Philip Bemah, Esther Hamblion, Evelyn Castle, Desmond Williams, Alex Gasasira, Tolbert Nyenswah
The 2014-16 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa highlighted the necessity for readily available, accurate and rapid diagnostics. The magnitude of the outbreak and the re-emergence of clusters of EVD cases following the declaration of interrupted transmission in Liberia, reinforced the need for sustained diagnostics to support surveillance and emergency preparedness. We describe implementation of the Xpert Ebola Assay, a rapid molecular diagnostic test run on the GeneXpert platform, at a mobile laboratory in Liberia and the subsequent impact on EVD outbreak response, case management and laboratory system strengthening...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297455/fake-news-for-xpert
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Arnaud Trébucq
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289814/safety-and-acceptability-of-human-papillomavirus-testing-of-self-collected-specimens-a-methodologic-study-of-the-impact-of-collection-devices-and-hpv-assays-on-sensitivity-for-cervical-cancer-and-high-grade-lesions
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Maarit K Leinonen, Kristina Schee, Christine M Jonassen, A Kathrine Lie, Camilla F Nystrand, Anbjørg Rangberg, Ingegerd E Furre, Marzena J Johansson, Ameli Tropé, Katrine D Sjøborg, Philip E Castle, Mari Nygård
BACKGROUND: Comparative data on different self-collection methods is limited. OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of hrHPV testing of two self-collection devices for detection of cervical carcinoma and high-grade lesions. STUDY DESIGN: Three hundred ten patients collected two cervicovaginal specimens using a brush (Evalyn®Brush) and a swab (FLOQSwabs™), and filled a questionnaire at home. Then, a physician at the clinic took a cervical specimen into PreservCyt® buffer for hrHPV testing and cytology...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284421/improved-performance-of-xpert-mtb-rif-assay-on-sputum-sediment-samples-obtained-from-presumptive-pulmonary-tuberculosis-cases-at-kibong-oto-infectious-diseases-hospital-in%C3%A2-tanzania
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Peter M Mbelele, Said Aboud, Stellah G Mpagama, Mecky I Matee
BACKGROUND: The introduction of Xpert MTB/RIF assay (Xpert) has significantly improved diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB) in resource limited human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) endemic settings. We aimed to modify the Xpert protocol to improve the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). METHODS: This cross sectional study was conducted among presumptive pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) patients at Kibong'oto Infectious Diseases Hospital between August and November 2015...
December 29, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246776/evaluation-of-loopamp%C3%A2-mtbc-detection-kit-for-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-at-a-peripheral-laboratory-in-a-high-burden-setting
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Van Anh Thi Nguyen, Hung Van Nguyen, Thuong Van Dinh, Ha Hoang Du, Chinh Nhu Do, Guy B Marks, Nhung Viet Nguyen
The Loopamp™MTBC detection kit (TB-LAMP) was designed to replace the sputum smear microscopy for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. We evaluated its performance at a peripheral laboratory in Vietnam. The sensitivity of TB-LAMP was 45.5% (28.1%-63.6%), which was equal to 3-sputum smear microscopy but lower than that of Xpert MTB/RIF (87.8% [71.8%-96.6%]). In patients with culture-confirmed TB, sensitivity was 80% (51.9%-95.7%) in smear-positive and 16.7% (3.5%-41.4%) in smear-negative cases. The specificity of TB-LAMP was 95...
November 21, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240766/estimated-clinical-impact-of-the-xpert-mtb-rif-ultra-cartridge-for-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-modeling-study
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Emily A Kendall, Samuel G Schumacher, Claudia M Denkinger, David W Dowdy
BACKGROUND: The Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) assay offers rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) but still suffers from imperfect sensitivity. The newer Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra cartridge has shown improved sensitivity in recent field trials, but at the expense of reduced specificity. The clinical implications of switching from the existing Xpert cartridge to the Xpert Ultra cartridge in different populations remain uncertain. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We developed a Markov microsimulation model of hypothetical cohorts of 100,000 individuals undergoing diagnostic sputum evaluation with Xpert for suspected pulmonary TB, in each of 3 emblematic settings: an HIV clinic in South Africa, a public TB center in India, and an adult primary care setting in China...
December 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238232/efficacy-of-thermoablation-in-treating-cervical-precancerous-lesions-in-a-low-resource-setting
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Phuong Lien Tran, Bruno Kenfack, Eveline Tincho Foguem, Manuela Viviano, Liliane Temogne, Pierre-Marie Tebeu, Rosa Catarino, Anne-Caroline Benski, Pierre Vassilakos, Patrick Petignat
Introduction: Treating cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grades 2 and 3 is the recommended strategy for preventing invasive carcinoma in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our objective was to assess the efficacy of thermoablation in the treatment of CIN2 and CIN3 in a screen-and-treat approach. Methods: Women aged 30-49 years in Dschang, Cameroon, were invited to undergo vaginal sampling for human papillomavirus (HPV), samples being assessed by an Xpert HPV Assay...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229281/potential-of-real-time-pcr-threshold-cycle-ct-to-predict-presence-of-free-toxin-and-clinically-relevant-c-difficile-infection-cdi-in-patients-with-cancer
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Mini Kamboj, Jennifer Brite, Tracy McMillen, Elizabeth Robilotti, Alejandro Herrera, Kent Sepkowitz, N Esther Babady
OBJECTIVES: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a toxin-mediated disease. Oncology patients are at increased risk for developing CDI. Diagnosis of CDI by PCR has led to misclassification of some C. difficile carriers as CDI cases. We determined if an optimized C. difficile PCR cycle threshold value (CT) could reliably predict presence of free toxin, and in turn improve the utility of PCR in detecting clinically relevant CDI in oncology patients. METHODS: 183 consecutive patients positive for C...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225973/molecular-epidemiology-of-rifampicin-resistance-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-using-the-genexpert-mtb-rif-assay-from-a-rural-setting-in-india
#15
Raghuprakash Reddy, Gerardo Alvarez-Uria
The Xpert MTB/RIF assay can detect mutations in rpoB gene that confer rifampicin resistance (RR) using five overlapping probes (A, B, C, D, and E). In this study, we described our experience with the Xpert assay in a rural setting in India. During the study period, 3250 samples were processed. The result was unsuccessful in 5.7% of cases. For extrapulmonary specimens, the risk of unsuccessful result was higher in tissue biopsy and stool samples. Among samples positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, rifampicin resistance was indeterminate in 1...
2017: Journal of Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214755/comparative-evaluation-of-the-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay-for-detecting-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Chang Ki Kim, Eun A Cho, Dong Mi Shin, Sung Won Choi, So Youn Shin
BACKGROUND: Early detection of tuberculosis (TB) is challenging in resource-poor settings because of limited accessibility to molecular diagnostics. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of the loop-mediated isothermal amplification kit (TB-LAMP) for TB diagnosis compared with conventional and molecular tests. METHODS: A total of 290 consecutive sputum samples were collected from May till September, 2015. All samples were processed using the N-Acetyl-L-cysteine (NALC) NaOH method and tested by smear microscopy, solid and liquid culture, real-time PCR, and TB-LAMP...
March 2018: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212699/rapid-microarray-based-detection-of-rifampicin-isoniazid-and-fluoroquinolone-resistance-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-using-a-single-cartridge
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Juliane Havlicek, Beatrice Dachsel, Peter Slickers, Sönke Andres, Patrick Beckert, Silke Feuerriegel, Stefan Niemann, Matthias Merker, Ines Labugger
Rapid and robust identification of mutations in Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains mediating multidrug and extensively drug-resistant (M/XDR) phenotypes is crucial to combat the MDR tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. Currently available molecular TB drug susceptibility tests are either restricted to single targets/drugs (i.e. Xpert MTB/RIF) or aid the risk of cross-contaminations due to the design limitations of the open platform (i.e. line probe assays).With a good understanding of the technical and commercial boundaries we designed a test cartridge with an introduction of dried reagents, based on an oligonucleotide array, which has the ability to identify MTBC strains resistant to isoniazid, rifampicin and the fluoroquinolones...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211755/comparison-between-the-diagnostic-validities-of-xpert-mtb-rif-and-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assays-for-tuberculous-pericarditis-using-pericardial-tissue
#18
Guocan Yu, Bo Ye, Da Chen, Fangming Zhong, Gang Chen, Jun Yang, Liliang Xu, Xudong Xu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the diagnostic performance of Xpert MTB/RIF for tuberculous pericarditis (TBP) using pericardial tissues. METHODS: The study involved 30 patients admitted with suspected TBP from January-December 2016; three patients were later excluded. The interferon-γ release assay (T-SPOT.TB) and the Xpert MTB/RIF test were performed using peripheral blood and pericardial tissues, respectively. TBP was confirmed using pericardial histopathology and a composite reference standard (CRS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208074/the-impact-of-implementing-a-xpert-mtb-rif-algorithm-on-drug-sensitive-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-retrospective-analysis
#19
K Rees, N Muditambi, M Maswanganyi, J Railton, J A McIntyre, H E Struthers, P B Fourie, R P H Peters
Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) is the preferred first-line test for all persons with tuberculosis (TB) symptoms in South Africa in line with a diagnostic algorithm. This study evaluates pre- and post-implementation trends in diagnostic practices for drug-sensitive, pulmonary TB in adults in an operational setting, following the introduction of the Xpert-based algorithm. We retrospectively analysed data from the national TB database for Greater Tzaneen sub-district, Limpopo Province. Trends in a number of cases, diagnosis and outcome and characteristics associated with death are reported...
December 6, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201657/tuberculosis-among-migrants-in-bishkek-the-capital-of-the-kyrgyz-republic
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O Goncharova, O Denisiuk, R Zachariah, K Davtyan, D Nabirova, C Acosta, A Kadyrov
Setting: Twenty-two first-line, two second-line and one tertiary health facility in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Objectives: Among migrants, a marginalised population at risk for acquiring and transmitting tuberculosis (TB), we determined the proportion with TB among all registered TB cases. For those registered at primary-level facilities, we then reported on their demographic and clinical profiles and TB treatment outcomes. Design: This was a retrospective cohort analysis of 2012-2013 programme data...
September 21, 2017: Public Health Action
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