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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101723/role-of-high-resolution-computerized-tomography-chest-in-identifying-tubercular-etiology-in-patients-diagnosed-as-eales-disease
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Ranju Kharel Sitaula, Vandana Iyer, Veena Noronha, Parthopratim Dutta Majumder, Jyotirmay Biswas
BACKGROUND: The high resolution computerized tomography of chest is an important diagnostic imaging tool to identify any pulmonary tubercular lesion. It's role in Eales' disease to identify any possible association with pulomonary tuberculosis has not been studied earlier. So, this study was conducted to assess the role of high resolution computerized tomography (HRCT) chest in identifying tuberculous etiology in Eales' disease. RESULTS: It was a retrospective study conducted at a tertiary care eye hospital in South India between January 2009 and October 2014 were included...
December 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094124/quality-control-in-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-for-screening-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-health-care-workers
#2
Hidetoshi Igari, Akira Watanabe, Yasunori Ichimura, Takayuki Sakurai, Toshibumi Taniguchi, Naruhiko Ishiwada
QuantiFERON-TB gold in-tube has been used for screening latent tuberculosis infection in newly employed health care workers in Japan. There have been a few studies concerning quality control. We retrospectively analysed QuantiFERON-TB gold in-tube results in a hospital in Japan. Interferon-γ values in three blood collection tubes for QuantiFERON-TB gold in-tube were analysed in association with the positivity rate. The data set consisted of health care workers aged 20-29 years during the 7 years between 2010 and 2016...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079759/the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-assay-in-neuro-ophthalmology
#3
Leanne M Little, Mohammed Rigi, Ayman Suleiman, Stacy V Smith, Edward A Graviss, Rod Foroozan, Andrew G Lee
BACKGROUND: Although QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) testing is regularly used to detect infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, its utility in a patient population with a low risk for tuberculosis (TB) has been questioned. The following is a cohort study analyzing the efficacy of QFT-GIT testing as a method for detection of active TB disease in low-risk individuals in a neuro-ophthalmologic setting. METHODS: Ninety-nine patients from 2 neuro-ophthalmology centers were identified as having undergone QFT-GIT testing between January 2012 and February 2016...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070206/qft-plus-a-plus-in-variability-evaluation-of-new-generation-igra-in-serial-testing-of-students-with-a-migration-background-in-germany
#4
J Knierer, E N Gallegos Morales, A Schablon, A Nienhaus, J F Kersten
BACKGROUND: Currently available Interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) show a considerable variability in serial testing for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). This study offers first results for the new generation IGRA QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) introduced in 2015 in comparison with its predecessor QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) from serial testing of students with a migration background at German universities. METHODS: Forty-one students were selected from a previous study...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065210/prevalence-of-tuberculosis-infection-in-healthcare-workers-of-the-public-hospital-network-in-medell%C3%A3-n-colombia-a-bayesian-approach
#5
J Ochoa, A L León, I C Ramírez, C M Lopera, E Bernal, M P Arbeláez
A latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) prevalence survey was conducted using tuberculin skin test (TST) and Quantiferon test (QFT) in 1218 healthcare workers (HCWs) in Medellín, Colombia. In order to improve the prevalence estimates, a latent class model was built using a Bayesian approach with informative priors on the sensitivity and specificity of the TST. The proportion of concordant results (TST+,QFT+) was 41% and the discordant results contributed 27%. The marginal estimate of the prevalence P(LTBI+) was 62·1% [95% credible interval (CrI) 53·0-68·2]...
January 9, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060926/comparison-of-tst-and-igra-in-diagnosis-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-a-high-tb-burden-setting
#6
Surendra K Sharma, Richa Vashishtha, L S Chauhan, V Sreenivas, Divya Seth
BACKGROUND: There are currently two tests for diagnosing latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI); TST and IGRA. However, it is still unclear that which one of these tests performs better in high TB-burden settings. METHODS: 1511 household contacts of pulmonary TB patients were enrolled to compare the performance of TST and IGRA for LTBI. At baseline all participant underwent testing for IGRA [QuantiFERON-TB® Gold In-tube (QFT-GIT) assay] and TST [2 tuberculin unit (TU), purified protein derivative (PPD), RT23, Staten Serum Institute (SSI), Copenhagen, Denmark]...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050238/immune-function-biomarker-quantiferon-monitor-is-associated-with-infection-risk-in-cirrhotic-patients
#7
Siddharth Sood, Lijia Yu, Kumar Visvanathan, Peter William Angus, Paul John Gow, Adam Gareth Testro
AIM: To investigate whether a novel immune function biomarker QuantiFERON-Monitor (QFM) can identify cirrhotic patients at greatest risk of infection. METHODS: Adult cirrhotic patients on the liver transplant waiting list were recruited for this observational cohort study from a tertiary liver transplant referral unit. The immune function biomarker, QFM was performed using the same method as the widely available Quantiferon-gold assay, and measures output in interferon gamma in IU/mL after dual stimulation of the innate and adaptive immune systems...
December 18, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046052/integrative-analysis-of-immunological-data-to-explore-chronic-immune-t-cell-activation-in-successfully-treated-hiv-patients
#8
Marie-Quitterie Picat, Isabelle Pellegrin, Juliette Bitard, Linda Wittkop, Cécile Proust-Lima, Benoît Liquet, Jean-François Moreau, Fabrice Bonnet, Patrick Blanco, Rodolphe Thiébaut
OBJECTIVES: To unravel the complex relationships between cytomegalovirus-induced-, autoimmune-induced responses, microbial translocation and chronic immune activation (CIA) in successfully treated HIV-infected patients and to explore the mediating role of alpha-interferon in these processes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study nested in the ANRS CO3 Aquitaine Cohort, a prospective hospital-based cohort of HIV-1-infected patients in South-Western France. METHODS: Patients initiated antiretroviral therapy between 2005 and 2008 and were treated with sustained virological suppression for at least two years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043594/incidence-of-tuberculosis-among-children-living-in-contact-with-smear-positive-tuberculosis-advantages-and-limits-of-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-test
#9
Djohar Hannoun, Fadila Boulahbal
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Children living in contact with smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) patients are highly exposed to TB infection. Our objective was to estimate the incidence of TB in children living in contact with a Smear Positive (M+) pulmonary tuberculosis (PTM+) index case during 2years following exposure. METHODS: This was a descriptive, cohort, prospective, multicenter study of children aged from 6months to 15years in contact with a PTM+ case. The recruitment of children has been based on the diagnosed PTM+ index case and taken in charge by the Services of Control of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases located in Algiers during 2014...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043588/characterization-of-the-cd4-and-cd8-t-cell-response-in-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-plus-kit
#10
Elisa Petruccioli, Teresa Chiacchio, Ilaria Pepponi, Valentina Vanini, Rocco Urso, Gilda Cuzzi, Lucia Barcellini, Fabrizio Palmieri, Daniela M Cirillo, Giuseppe Ippolito, Delia Goletti
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT, Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) is an interferon-γ (IFN-γ) release assay designed to detect latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Although QFT-GIT has several advantages (mainly that it is not affected by the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccination), it has a poor sensitivity in immune-compromised individuals as it involves an immune response-based detection. Recently, QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) assay has been proposed as a new generation of QFT-GIT...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043514/modulation-of-interferon-gamma-response-to-quantiferon-tb-plus-detected-by-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-in-patients-with-active-and-latent-tuberculosis-infection
#11
Elisa Petruccioli, Valentina Vanini, Teresa Chiacchio, Daniela M Cirillo, Fabrizio Palmieri, Giuseppe Ippolito, Delia Goletti
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Interferon (IFN)-γ-release assays (IGRAs) are designed for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) infection. The new IGRA called QuantiFERON-TB Plus (QFT-Plus) is based on enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) detection of IFN-γ following Myobacterium tuberculosis-antigen stimulation with TB1 and TB2 antigens. TB1 elicits a cell-mediated immune response by CD4 T cells and TB2 elicits a response from both CD4 and CD8 T cells. Here, we characterized variations IFN-γ release detected by ELISA to QFT-IT and QFT-Plus in patients with active TB and latent TB infection (LTBI) at baseline and during or after specific treatment (follow-up)...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043513/modulation-of-cd4-and-cd8-response-to-quantiferon-tb-plus-in-patients-with-active-tuberculosis-and-latent-tuberculosis-infection-followed-over-time-during-treatment
#12
Teresa Chiacchio, Elisa Petruccioli, Ilaria Pepponi, Valentina Vanini, Gina Gualano, Daniela Cirillo, Fabrizio Palmieri, Giuseppe Ippolito, Delia Goletti
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Interferon (IFN)-γ release assays (IGRA) are designed for diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) infection. The new IGRA, QuantiFERON-TB Plus (QFT-Plus), is based on the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay detection of IFN-γ after stimulation with Mycobacterium tuberculosis TB1 and TB2 antigens. TB1 elicits a cellular-mediated immune (CMI) response by CD4 T cells, and TB2 contains peptides recognized by both CD4 and CD8 T cells. The aim of the study is to characterize the CMI to QFT-Plus peptides in active TB and latent TB infection (LTBI) at baseline and during or after specific treatment (follow-up)...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018688/nigerian-female-with-skin-lesions-in-the-leg-and-face-herpetic-sycosis-folliculitis
#13
Dominique Dilorenzo, Naganna Channaveeraiah, Patricia Gilford, Bruce Deschere
Nongenital HSV 1 presents outside the mucus membrane. Our patient had unusual presentation that caused diagnostic dilemma. 30-year-old native Nigerian female coming with fiancée to the United States presented to our service one day after arrival through ER with a lesion on her right ankle. She was diagnosed with cellulitis, started on antibiotics, and admitted to hospital. She had fever of 39.1°C. Head and neck exam showed multiple sized lesions over tongue and palate and inner aspect of lower lip. Abdomen and genital exam was normal...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000585/ifn-%C3%AE-promoter-polymorphisms-do-not-affect-quantiferon%C3%A2-tb-gold-in-tube-test-results-in-a-canadian-population
#14
S Kiazyk, L Larcombe, C Lopez, S Matyas, C Mesa, P Orr, J Juno, J Waruk, M Sharma, T B Ball
BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown polymorphisms within the interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) promoter influence cytokine expression. The interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) relies on the ability to produce IFN-γ in response to tuberculosis (TB) specific antigens. This study determined the relationship between the IFN-γ +874 A/T promoter polymorphism and the performance of the QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) test in an ethnically diverse Canadian population. METHODS: A total of 190 participants were categorised into three groups based on history of and exposure to TB: active TB (n = 55), TB exposed (n = 55) and presumably TB unexposed controls (n = 80)...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000584/utility-of-the-quantiferon%C3%A2-tb-gold-in-tube-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-in-moroccan-children
#15
S El Azbaoui, A Sabri, S Ouraini, A Hassani, A Asermouh, A Agadr, R Abilkassem, N Dini, M Kmari, A Akhaddar, Z Laktati, S Aieche, N El Hafidi, F Ben Brahim, A A Bousfiha, F Ailal, C Deswarte, E Schurr, L Amar, J Bustamante, S Boisson-Dupuis, J L Casanova, L Abel, J El Baghdadi
SETTING: The utility of interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs), such as the QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) test, in diagnosing active tuberculosis (TB) in children is unclear and depends on the epidemiological setting. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of QFT-GIT for TB diagnosis in children living in Morocco, an intermediate TB incidence country with high bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccination coverage. DESIGN: We prospectively recruited 109 Moroccan children hospitalised for clinically suspected TB, all of whom were tested using QFT-GIT...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997344/host-immunity-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-risk-of-tuberculosis-a-longitudinal-study-among-greenlanders
#16
Sascha Wilk Michelsen, Bolette Soborg, Else Marie Agger, Lars Jorge Diaz, Soren Tetens Hoff, Anders Koch, Hans Christian Florian Sorensen, Peter Andersen, Jan Wohlfahrt, Mads Melbye
BACKGROUND: Human immune responses to latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection (LTBI) may enable individuals to control Mtb infection and halt progression to tuberculosis (TB), a hypothesis applied in several novel TB vaccines. We aimed to evaluate whether immune responses to selected LTBI antigens were associated with subsequent reduced risk of progression to TB. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study in East Greenland (2012-2014) including individuals aged 5-31years...
November 21, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965905/stroke-as-the-sole-manifestation-of-takayasu-arteritis-in-a-15-year-old-boy-with-latent-tuberculosis
#17
Espen Benjaminsen, Anne Reigstad, Vanja Cengija, Vibke Lilleby, Maria Carlsson
Introduction. Takayasu arteritis is a rare disease affecting the aorta and its main branches, causing arterial claudication and end-organ ischemia, including stroke. The etiology is unknown but is believed to be autoimmune. An association between Takayasu arteritis and tuberculosis has been suggested, but the possible relation is unclear. Case Presentation. A 15-year-old Somali boy was diagnosed with latent tuberculosis. He had a lesion in the right lung, and both the tuberculin skin test by the Mantoux method and Quantiferon GOLD test turned out positive...
2016: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956845/choroidal-tuberculoma-as-a-presenting-sign-of-tuberculosis
#18
Nicolas Arej, Ali Fadlallah, Elias Chelala
Choroidal tuberculoma is a rare ocular form of tuberculosis (TB) that raises both a diagnostic and a therapeutical challenge, especially when occurring without other manifestations of the disease. This study reports the case of a 27-year-old woman who had a unilateral drop of vision (20/100) with ocular pain. Her fundus examination revealed an elevated juxtapapillary choroidal mass measuring 892 µm in diameter, as calculated by optical coherence tomography (OCT), and associated with a serous retinal detachment involving the macula...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951621/qualitative-and-quantitative-results-of-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assays-for-monitoring-the-response-to-anti-tuberculosis-treatment
#19
I-Nae Park, Tae Sun Shim
Background/Aims: The usefulness of interferon-γ release assays (IGRAs) in monitoring to responses to anti-tuberculosis (TB) treatment is controversial. We compared the results of two IGRAs before and after anti-TB treatment in same patients with active TB. Methods: From a retrospective review, we selected patients with active TB who underwent repeated QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFN-Gold, Cellestis Limited) and T-SPOT.TB (Oxford Immunotec) assays before and after anti-TB treatment with first-line drugs...
December 13, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935986/quantifying-adaptive-and-innate-immune-responses-in-hiv-infected-participants-using-a-novel-high-throughput-assay
#20
Michelle K Yong, Paul U Cameron, Tim Spelman, Julian H Elliott, Christopher K Fairley, Jeffrey Boyle, Misato Miyamasu, Sharon R Lewin
OBJECTIVES: HIV infection is characterised by persistent immune dysfunction of both the adaptive and innate immune responses. The aim of this study was to evaluate these responses using a novel high throughput assay in healthy controls and HIV-infected individuals prior to and following anti-retroviral treatment (ART). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Whole blood was assessed using the QuantiFERON Monitor® (QFM) assay containing adaptive and innate immunostimulants...
2016: PloS One
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