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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148856/novel-applications-for-serum-procalcitonin-testing-in-clinical-practice
#1
Justin J Choi, Matthew W McCarthy
Procalcitonin has emerged as a reliable marker of acute bacterial infection in hospitalized patients and the assay has recently been incorporated into several clinical algorithms to reduce antimicrobial overuse, but its use in patients with end-organ dysfunction is controversial. Areas covered: In this review, the authors examine what is known about procalcitonin testing in patients with organ dysfunction, including those with end-stage renal disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cirrhosis, and explore how the assay is now being used in the management of non-infectious diseases...
November 17, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141709/rapid-diagnostic-testing-of-hospitalized-malawian-children-reveals-opportunities-for-improved-hiv-diagnosis-and-treatment
#2
Theresa F Madaline, Sarah E Hochman, Karl B Seydel, Alice Liomba, Alex Saidi, Grace Matebule, Wenzhu B Mowrey, Bernadette O'Hare, Danny A Milner, Kami Kim
Recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommend antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all HIV-infected people; previously CD4+ T lymphocyte quantification (CD4 count) or clinical staging determined eligibility for children ≥ 5 years old in low- and middle-income countries. We examined positive predictive value (PPV) of a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) algorithm and ART eligibility for hospitalized children with newly diagnosed HIV infection. We enrolled 363 hospitalized Malawian children age 2 months to 16 years with two serial positive HIV RDT from 2013 to 2015...
October 16, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124451/current-treatment-concepts-for-iatrogenic-ventriculitis-a-nationwide-survey-in-germany
#3
Niklas von Spreckelsen, Norma Jung, Sergej Telentschak, Jürgen Hampl, Roland Goldbrunner, Stefan Grau
BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic ventriculitis is a common complication of the external ventricular drainage. While the procedure and indications for external ventricular drains (EVD) are highly standardized, the treatment of ventriculitis is not clearly defined. OBJECTIVE: To depict the treatment of iatrogenic ventriculitis currently performed in German hospitals. METHODS: A standardized questionnaire consisting of 18 multiple choice questions, each with the ability to provide additional individual answers, covering the diagnosis and treatment of iatrogenic ventriculitis as well as general handling of EVDs, was sent to 121 neurosurgical hospitals registered in the German Society for Neurosurgery (DGNC)...
November 9, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046226/pertussis-toxin-iga-testing-over-diagnoses-recent-pertussis-infection
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Meryta L May, Jenny Evans, Thomas Holgate, Suhail A Doi, Paul Ross, Jennifer M Robson
The importance of pertussis toxin (PT) IgA testing in the diagnosis of recent pertussis infection remains unclear. The contribution of PT IgA to the diagnosis of recent pertussis was reviewed in two separate analyses. Firstly, an evaluation of two new automated assays [DiaSorin Liaison (DL), Italy] for PT IgG and PT IgA provided an opportunity to assess the contribution of PT IgA testing to PT IgG results. Secondly, a retrospective review of results from the PT IgA assay currently in use [Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) PT IgA] was performed from 2013 to 2015 (n=63,474)...
October 15, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031156/hiv-misdiagnosis-a-root-cause-analysis-leading-to-improvements-in-hiv-diagnosis-and-patient-care
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Raynell Lang, Carmen Charlton, Brenda Beckthold, Kiana Kadivar, Stephanie Lavoie, Debbie Caswell, Paul N Levett, Greg B Horsman, John Kim, M John Gill
BACKGROUND: Standard diagnostic testing for HIV infection has traditionally relied on a high sensitivity HIV antibody screening test using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) followed by a high specificity antibody confirmatory test such as a Western Blot. Recently several of the screening assays have been enhanced with an ability to identify p24 antigen thereby narrowing the diagnostic window. OBJECTIVES: To explore the implications of enhanced HIV screening methods that may be leading to HIV misdiagnoses...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022104/deriving-and-understanding-the-risk-of-post-transplant-recurrence-of-nephrotic-syndrome-in-the-light-of-current-molecular-and-genetic-advances
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REVIEW
Agnieszka Bierzynska, Moin A Saleem
After renal transplantation, recurrence of the original disease is the second most common cause of graft loss, after rejection. The most dramatic manifestation of this phenomenon is in patients with nephrotic syndrome (NS). NS is a descriptive term describing a clinical picture centred on proteinuria arising from damage to the glomerular filtration barrier (GFB). There are many different drivers of that damage, ranging from immune dysregulation to genetic disorders and chronic disease/infections. The main categories in childhood are "idiopathic" (presumed immune mediated) and genetic NS, with further stratification of the idiopathic group according to steroid responses...
October 11, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020159/distinguishing-secondary-dengue-virus-infection-from-zika-virus-infection-with-previous-dengue-by-a-combination-of-three-simple-serological-tests
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Wen-Yang Tsai, Han Ha Youn, Carlos Brites, Jih-Jin Tsai, Jasmine Tyson, Celia Pedroso, Jan Felix Drexler, Mars Stone, Graham Simmons, Michael P Busch, Marion Lanteri, Susan L Stramer, Angel Balmaseda, Eva Harris, Wei-Kung Wang
Background: The explosive spread of Zika virus (ZIKV) and associated microcephaly present an urgent need for sensitive and specific serodiagnostic tests, particularly for pregnant women in dengue virus (DENV)-endemic regions. Recent reports of enhanced ZIKV replication by dengue-immune sera have raised concerns about the role of previous DENV infection on the risk and severity of microcephaly and other ZIKV complications. Methods: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) based on ZIKV and DENV non-structural protein 1 (NS1) were established to test acute, convalescent-phase and post-convalescent-phase serum/plasma samples from reverse-transcription polymerase-chain reaction-confirmed-cases including 20 primary ZIKV, 25 ZIKV with previous dengue, 58 secondary DENV, and 16 primary DENV1 infections...
July 29, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993274/in-situ-hybridization-detection-methods-for-hpv16-e6-e7-mrna-in-identifying-transcriptionally-active-hpv-infection-of-oropharyngeal-carcinoma-an-updating
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Chiara C Volpi, Chiara M Ciniselli, Ambra V Gualeni, Maddalena Plebani, Salvatore Alfieri, Paolo Verderio, Laura Locati, Federica Perrone, Pasquale Quattrone, Antonino Carbone, Silvana Pilotti, Annunziata Gloghini
The aim of this study is comparing two in situ hybridization (ISH) detection methods for human papilloma virus (HPV) 16 E6/E7 mRNA, i.e. the RNAscope® 2.0 High Definition (HD) and the upgraded RNAscope® 2.5 HD version. The RNAscope® 2.5 HD has recently replaced the RNAscope® 2.0 HD detection kit. Therefore, this investigation starts from the need to analytically validate the new mRNA ISH assay and, possibly, to refine the current algorithm for HPV detection in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) with the final goal to apply it to daily laboratory practice...
October 6, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969607/a-comparison-of-self-report-and-antiretroviral-detection-to-inform-estimates-of-antiretroviral-therapy-coverage-viral-load-suppression-and-hiv-incidence-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa
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Helena Huerga, Fisseha Shiferie, Eduard Grebe, Ruggero Giuliani, Jihane Ben Farhat, Gilles Van-Cutsem, Karen Cohen
BACKGROUND: Accurately identifying individuals who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is important to determine ART coverage and proportion on ART who are virally suppressed. ART is also included in recent infection testing algorithms used to estimate incidence. We compared estimates of ART coverage, viral load suppression rates and HIV incidence using ART self-report and detection of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and we identified factors associated with discordance between the methods...
September 29, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872274/misdiagnosis-of-hiv-infection-during-a-south-african-community-based-survey-implications-for-rapid-hiv-testing
#10
REVIEW
Tendesayi Kufa, Ayesha Bm Kharsany, Cherie Cawood, David Khanyile, Lara Lewis, Anneke Grobler, Zawadi Chipeta, Alfred Bere, Mary Glenshaw, Adrian Puren
INTRODUCTION: We describe the overall accuracy and performance of a serial rapid HIV testing algorithm used in community-based HIV testing in the context of a population-based household survey conducted in two sub-districts of uMgungundlovu district, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, against reference fourth-generation HIV-1/2 antibody and p24 antigen combination immunoassays. We discuss implications of the findings on rapid HIV testing programmes. METHODS: Cross-sectional design: Following enrolment into the survey, questionnaires were administered to eligible and consenting participants in order to obtain demographic and HIV-related data...
August 29, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762652/hiv-incidence-in-the-estonian-population-in-2013-determined-using-the-hiv-1-limiting-antigen-avidity-assay
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P Soodla, R Simmons, K Huik, M Pauskar, E-L Jõgeda, H Rajasaar, E Kallaste, M Maimets, R Avi, G Murphy, K Porter, I Lutsar
OBJECTIVES: Estonia has one the highest number of new HIV diagnoses in the European Union, mainly among injecting drug users and heterosexuals. Little is known of HIV incidence, which is crucial for limiting the epidemic. Using a recent HIV infection testing algorithm (RITA) assay, we aimed to estimate HIV incidence in 2013. METHODS: All individuals aged ≥18 years newly-diagnosed with HIV in Estonia January- December 2013, except blood donors and those undergoing antenatal screening, were included...
August 1, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737960/optimization-and-interpretation-of-serial-quantiferon-testing-to-measure-acquisition-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
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Elisa Nemes, Virginie Rozot, Hennie Geldenhuys, Nicole Bilek, Simbarashe Mabwe, Deborah Abrahams, Lebohang Makhethe, Mzwandile Erasmus, Alana Keyser, Asma Toefy, Yolundi Cloete, Frances Ratangee, Thomas Blauenfeldt, Morten Ruhwald, Gerhard Walzl, Bronwyn Smith, Andre G Loxton, Willem A Hanekom, Jason R Andrews, Maria D Lempicki, Ruth Ellis, Ann M Ginsberg, Mark Hatherill, Thomas J Scriba
RATIONALE: Conversion from a negative to positive QuantiFERON-TB test is indicative of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection, which predisposes individuals to tuberculosis disease. Interpretation of serial tests is confounded by immunological and technical variability. OBJECTIVES: To improve the consistency of serial QuantiFERON-TB testing algorithms and provide a data-driven definition of conversion. METHODS: Sources of QuantiFERON-TB variability were assessed, and optimal procedures were identified...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691435/clinical-and-public-health-implications-of-acute-and-early-hiv-detection-and-treatment-a-scoping-review
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Sarah E Rutstein, Jintanat Ananworanich, Sarah Fidler, Cheryl Johnson, Eduard J Sanders, Omar Sued, Asier Saez-Cirion, Christopher D Pilcher, Christophe Fraser, Myron S Cohen, Marco Vitoria, Meg Doherty, Joseph D Tucker
INTRODUCTION: The unchanged global HIV incidence may be related to ignoring acute HIV infection (AHI). This scoping review examines diagnostic, clinical, and public health implications of identifying and treating persons with AHI. METHODS: We searched PubMed, in addition to hand-review of key journals identifying research pertaining to AHI detection and treatment. We focused on the relative contribution of AHI to transmission and the diagnostic, clinical, and public health implications...
June 28, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691129/preponderance-of-enterovirus-c-in-rd-l20b-cell-culture-negative-stool-samples-from-children-diagnosed-with-acute-flaccid-paralysis-in-nigeria
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J A Adeniji, A O Oragwa, U E George, U I Ibok, T O C Faleye, M O Adewumi
Recently, a reverse transcriptase semi-nested polymerase chain reaction (RT-snPCR) assay was recommended by the WHO for direct detection of enteroviruses in clinical specimens. In this study, we use this assay and a modification thereof to screen acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) samples that had previously tested negative for enteroviruses by the RD-L20B algorithm. Thirty paired stool suspensions collected in 2015 as part of the national AFP surveillance program in different states of Nigeria were analyzed in this study...
July 10, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670965/short-communication-false-recent-ratio-of-the-limiting-antigen-avidity-assay-and-viral-load-testing-algorithm-among-cameroonians-with-long-term-hiv-infection
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Briana A Lynch, Eshan U Patel, Colleen R Courtney, Aubin J Nanfack, Jude Bimela, Xiaohong Wang, Issa Eid, Thomas C Quinn, Oliver Laeyendecker, Phillipe N Nyambi, Ralf Duerr, Andrew D Redd
Current serological assays that are used for cross-sectional HIV incidence estimation have been shown to misclassify individuals with chronic infection. Limited information exists on the performance of cross-sectional incidence assays in Central Africa. HIV-positive individuals from Cameroon who were infected for at least 1 or 2 years were evaluated to determine the false recent ratio (FRR) of a two-assay algorithm, which includes the Limiting Antigen Avidity (LAg-Avidity) assay (normalized optical density units, ODn <1...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659319/laboratory-diagnosis-of-infective-endocarditis
#16
REVIEW
Rachael M Liesman, Bobbi S Pritt, Joseph J Maleszewski, Robin Patel
Infective endocarditis is life-threatening; identification of the underlying etiology informs optimized individual patient management. Changing epidemiology, advances in blood culture techniques, and new diagnostics guide the application of laboratory testing for diagnosis of endocarditis. Blood cultures remain the standard test for microbial diagnosis, with directed serological testing (i.e., Q fever serology, Bartonella serology) in culture-negative cases. Histopathology and molecular diagnostics (e.g., 16S rRNA gene PCR/sequencing, Tropheryma whipplei PCR) may be applied to resected valves to aid in diagnosis...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606812/novel-ctl-epitopes-identified-through-a-y-pestis-proteome-wide-analysis-in-the-search-for-vaccine-candidates-against-plague
#17
Anat Zvi, Shahar Rotem, Ayelet Zauberman, Uri Elia, Moshe Aftalion, Erez Bar-Haim, Emanuelle Mamroud, Ofer Cohen
The causative agent of Plague, Yersinia pestis, is a highly virulent pathogen and a potential bioweapon. Depending on the route of infection, two prevalent occurrences of the disease are known, bubonic and pneumonic. The latter has a high fatality rate. In the absence of a licensed vaccine, intense efforts to develop a safe and efficacious vaccine have been conducted, and humoral-driven subunit vaccines containing the F1 and LcrV antigens are currently under clinical trials. It is well known that a cellular immune response might have an essential additive value to immunity and protection against Y...
June 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513998/inflammatory-bowel-disease-caused-by-primary-immunodeficiencies-clinical-presentations-review-of-literature-and-proposal-of-a-rational-diagnostic-algorithm
#18
REVIEW
Daniel Tegtmeyer, Maximilian Seidl, Patrick Gerner, Ulrich Baumann, Christian Klemann
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis have a multifactorial pathogenesis with complex interactions between polygenetic predispositions and environmental factors. However, IBD can also be caused by monogenic diseases, such as primary immunodeficiencies (PID). Recently, an increasing number of these altogether rare diseases have been described to present often primarily, or solely, as IBD. Early recognition of these conditions enables adaption of therapies and thus directly benefits the course of IBDs...
August 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472089/performance-characteristics-of-an-antibody-based-multiplex-kit-for-determining-recent-hiv-1-infection
#19
Kelly A Curtis, Debra L Hanson, Krystin Ambrose Price, S Michele Owen
The availability of reliable laboratory methods for determining recent HIV infection is vital for accurate estimation of population-based incidence. The mean duration of recent infection (MDRI) and false recent rate (FRR) are critical parameters for HIV incidence assays, as they impact HIV incidence estimates and provide a measure of assay performance. The HIV-1 Multiplex assay is an in-house developed, magnetic bead-based assay that measures virus-specific antibody levels and avidity to multiple analytes. To ensure quality control and to facilitate transfer of the assay to external laboratories or testing facilities, the in-house assay has been adapted and produced in kit form...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464021/predictive-value-of-clinical-and-laboratory-features-for-the-main-febrile-diseases-in-children-living-in-tanzania-a-prospective-observational-study
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Olga De Santis, Mary Kilowoko, Esther Kyungu, Willy Sangu, Pascal Cherpillod, Laurent Kaiser, Blaise Genton, Valérie D'Acremont
BACKGROUND: To construct evidence-based guidelines for management of febrile illness, it is essential to identify clinical predictors for the main causes of fever, either to diagnose the disease when no laboratory test is available or to better target testing when a test is available. The objective was to investigate clinical predictors of several diseases in a cohort of febrile children attending outpatient clinics in Tanzania, whose diagnoses have been established after extensive clinical and laboratory workup...
2017: PloS One
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