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Nazanin Ebrahimiadib, Bobeck S Modjtahedi, Samaneh Davoudi, C Stephen Foster
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of chlorambucil in the treatment of serpiginous choroiditis. METHODS: Patient records from the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI) were reviewed from over the past 10 years. In total, 17 patients with the diagnosis of serpiginous choroiditis treated with chlorambucil were identified. QuantiFERON gold was negative in all of them. Chlorambucil was started at 0.15 mg/kg and dosage was titrated up using weekly white blood cell (WBC) count to achieve a target cell number of 3...
October 18, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Roberta Petrucci, Giulia Lombardi, Ilaria Corsini, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Francesca Visciotti, Filippo Bernardi, Maria Paola Landini, Salvatore Cazzato, Paola Dal Monte
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic accuracy of Quantiferon-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-IT) is uncertain in the pediatric population, while tuberculin skin test (TST) is still conventionally used despite its limitations. The aim of this study was to compare the performance of QFT-IT with TST in a large cohort of children screened for TB infection because of contact tracing, suspected TB, arrival from endemic country or immunosuppressive therapy. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on 517 children 0-14 years of age evaluated at the pediatric unit of the S...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Ank E Nijhawan, Princess A Iroh, Larry S Brown, Daniel Winetsky, Esmaeil Porsa
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) disproportionately affects immigrants, HIV-infected individuals, and those living in crowded settings such as homeless shelters and correctional facilities. Although the majority of jails and prisons use a tuberculin skin test (TST) for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) screening, limited data exist on the clinical performance and costs of the TST compared to interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs) in this setting. METHODS: A prospective pilot study comparing cost between TST and an IGRA (QuantiFERON Gold In-tube, QFT-GIT) for the detection of LTBI in a convenience sample of inmates entering the Dallas County Jail (DCJ) was conducted June-October 2014...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Wilson Kwong, Thomas Krahn, Ann Cleland, Janet Gordon, Wendy Wobeser
BACKGROUND: Current Canadian guidelines suggest that neonatal Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination does not result in false-positive tuberculosis (TB) skin tests, despite a growing body of evidence that interferon-γ release assays may be a more specific alternative in identifying latent tuberculosis infections in vaccinated populations. We set out to evaluate the relationship between TB skin tests and interferon-γ release assays in patients who previously received neonatal BCG vaccine...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Elisa Petruccioli, Teresa Chiacchio, Ilaria Pepponi, Valentina Vanini, Rocco Urso, Gilda Cuzzi, Lucia Barcellini, Daniela Maria Cirillo, Fabrizio Palmieri, Giuseppe Ippolito, Delia Goletti
INTRODUCTION: QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) is the new generation of QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube test to identify latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). QFT-Plus includes TB1 and TB2 tubes which contain selected Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) peptides designed to stimulate both CD4 and CD8 T-cells. Aim of this study is the flow cytometric characterization of the specific CD4 and CD8 T-cell responses to Mtb antigens contained within QFT-Plus. METHODS: We enrolled 27 active tuberculosis (TB) patients and 30 LTBI individuals...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Infection
Hanif Esmail, Friedrich Thienemann, Tolu Oni, Rene Goliath, Katalin A Wilkinson, Robert J Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 infection impairs tuberculosis (TB) specific immune responses affecting the diagnosis of latent TB. We aimed to (1) determine the proportion of HIV-1-infected adults with a negative QuantiFERON®-TB Gold in-tube (QFT-GIT) and Tuberculin skin testing (TST) that convert to QFT-GIT positive following TST, and (2) evaluate the relationship between conversion and baseline QFT-GIT results. METHODS: HIV-1 infected adults being screened for a TB vaccine study in South Africa underwent QFT-GIT followed by TST...
October 7, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Alessandra Bua, Melania Ruggeri, Stefania Zanetti, Paola Molicotti
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system characterized by damage to myelin and axons, over time leading to progressive neuronal degeneration and microglial activation. There is still no curative treatment, but during the last 20 years eight different therapies have become available including interferon beta, glatiramer acetate, teriflunomide, dimethyl fumarate, natalizumab, fingolimod, alemtuzumab, mitoxantrone and teriflunomide. Teriflunomide is an immunomodulatory drug that exerts an inhibitory effect on T cell activation in central nervous system of the patients with multiple sclerosis...
October 4, 2016: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Chin-Chung Shu, Chia-Lin Hsu, Chih-Yuan Lee, Vin-Cent Wu, Feng-Jung Yang, Jann-Yuan Wang, Chong-Jen Yu, Li-Na Lee
The interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) is useful for diagnosing latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), however the rate of negative conversion is high, especially in dialysis patients. Few studies have focused on predicting persistently positive patients who are at high risk of tuberculosis reactivation. We screened dialysis patients, and used QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-tube (QFT-GIT) to identify LTBI. Of the 157 participants who had initially positive QFT-GIT, 82 had persistently positivity and 75 had negative conversion...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ida Wergeland, Jörg Assmus, Anne Ma Dyrhol-Riise
BACKGROUND: Interferon gamma release assays (IGRAs) do not discriminate between active tuberculosis (TB) and latent TB infection (LTBI), which limit their use in TB endemic areas. Subjects with QuantiFERON-TB (QFT) results around the diagnostic cut-off more likely show inconsistent results on serial testing which makes the interpretation of the assay difficult. We have studied potential biomarkers in patients with various stages of TB infection and with borderline QFT tests compared to those with higher values...
2016: PloS One
Miguel Santin, Francisco Morandeira-Rego, Fernando Alcaide, Ramón Rabuñal, Luís Anibarro, Ramón Agüero-Balbín, Xavier Casas-Garcia, Elvira Pérez-Escolano, Maria D Navarro, Francisca Sánchez, Amparo Coira-Nieto, Matilde Trigo-Daporta, Amaya Martinez-Meñaca, Araceli Gonzalez-Cuevas, Maria D López-Prieto, Ángel Domínguez-Castellano, Neus Jové
OBJECTIVE: Previous reports have identified interleukin-2 (IL-2), quantified in the supernatants of QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold In-tube (QFT) after 72 hours of incubation, as a potential biomarker for distinguishing between latent and active tuberculosis (TB). However, its validity has not been tested in an appropriate clinical cohort. METHODS: A multicentre study of 161 consecutive adult patients undergoing evaluation for active TB at eight TB Units in Spain. IFN-γ and IL-2 were assessed in the supernatant of QFT after 16-24 h and 72 h incubation...
September 16, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
A Brown, J S Halliday, L Swadling, R Madden, R Bendall, J G Hunter, J Maggs, P Simmonds, D B Smith, L Vine, C McLaughlin, J Collier, D Bonsall, K Jeffery, S J Dunachie, P Klenerman, J Izopet, N Kamar, H R Dalton, E Barnes
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The interplay between host anti-viral immunity and immunopathology during Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection determines important clinical outcomes. We characterised the specificity, functionality and durability of host T-cell responses against the full-length HEV virus and assessed a novel "Quantiferon" assay for the rapid diagnosis of HEV infection. METHODS: 89 volunteers were recruited from Oxford, Truro (UK) and Toulouse (France) including 44 immune-competent patients with acute HEV infection, 18 HEV exposed immunosuppressed organ-transplant recipients (8 with chronic HEV), and 27 healthy volunteers...
September 15, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Erfan Ayubi, Amin Doosti-Irani, Ali Sanjari Moghaddam, Mohadeseh Sani, Milad Nazarzadeh, Ehsan Mostafavi
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is becoming increasingly concerning due to the increasing the HIV epidemic, which have increased the risk for reactivation to active tuberculosis (TB) infection. LTBI is diagnosed by tuberculin skin test (TST) and interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs). OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to conduct a meta-analysis of published papers on the agreement (kappa) between TST and QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) tests for diagnosis of LTBI in HIV patient...
2016: PloS One
Vijay Kodadhala, Alemeshet Gudeta, Aklilu Zerihun, Odene Lewis, Sohail Ahmed, Jhansi Gajjala, Alicia Thomas
Tuberculosis (TB) infection in pregnant women and newborn babies is always challenging. Appropriate treatment is pivotal to curtail morbidity and mortality. TB diagnosis or exposure to active TB can be emotionally distressing to the mother. Circumstances can become more challenging for the physician if the mother's TB status is unclear. Effective management of TB during pregnancy and the postpartum period requires a multidisciplinary approach including pulmonologist, obstetrician, neonatologist, infectious disease specialist, and TB public health department...
2016: Case Reports in Pulmonology
Cândida Abreu, Francisco Almeida, Rita Ferraz, Claúdia Camila Dias, António Sarmento, Fernando Magro
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is a high risk of Tuberculosis among patients medicated with anti-tumour necrosis factor α (anti-TNFα) that can be mitigated by treating latent Tuberculosis infections (LTI). This study aimed to evaluate the performance of Tuberculin Skin test (TST) and Quantiferon-TB Gold in Tube (QFT-GIT) in a population of patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. METHODS: The cohort analyzed in this study consisted of 250 patients, of whom 15% were therapy-naïve and 85% were medicated: 70% under immunosuppressive therapy and 30% on anti-TNFα...
August 12, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
Rajpal S Kashyap, Amit R Nayak, Aliabbas A Husain, Seema D Shekhawat, Ashish R Satav, Ruchika K Jain, Dhananjay V Raje, Hatim F Daginawala, Girdhar M Taori
AIMS: To study socioeconomic status (SES) and living conditions (LC) as risk factors for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and their impact on QuantiFERON-TB gold (QFT-G) and tuberculin skin test (TST) outcome for determining a better diagnostic test for LTBI in the malnourished tribal population of Melghat. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Six hundred sixty nine participants matching the inclusion criteria were recruited from 10 tribal villages of Melghat region, India...
July 2016: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
Simona Frunza-Stefan, Gyanendra Acharya, Viktoryia Kazlouskaya, Paunel Vukasinov, Yushan Chiou, Zeyar Thet
Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) is a condition associated with paradoxical worsening and/or new onset of an opportunistic infection in HIV patients following the initiation of anti-retroviral therapy or switching to more potent antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen. Although IRIS associated with many opportunistic infections (OIs) has been well reported, syphilis has very rarely been mentioned in this regard. A 52-year-old male, diagnosed with AIDS six weeks ago, presented with the disseminated non-pruritic painless skin rash...
August 26, 2016: International Journal of STD & AIDS
Robert J Blount, Minh-Chi Tran, Charles K Everett, Adithya Cattamanchi, John Z Metcalfe, Denise Connor, Cecily R Miller, Jennifer Grinsdale, Julie Higashi, Payam Nahid
BACKGROUND: Interferon-gamma release assays may be used as an alternative to the tuberculin skin test for detection of M. tuberculosis infection. However, the risk of active tuberculosis disease following screening using interferon-gamma release assays in immigrants is not well defined. To address these uncertainties, we determined the incidence rates of active tuberculosis disease in a cohort of high-risk immigrants with Class B TB screened with interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) upon arrival in the United States...
2016: BMC Public Health
Martha Zewdie, Rawleigh Howe, Søren T Hoff, T Mark Doherty, Nahom Getachew, Azeb Tarekegne, Bamlak Tessema, Lawrence Yamuah, Abraham Aseffa, Markos Abebe
BACKGROUND: Regulatory T cells (Treg) are an essential arm of adaptive immunity not only in tolerance and autoimmunity but also in infectious diseases. In Tuberculosis (TB), it has been suggested that the frequency of Tregs is higher in the blood of TB patients when compared to healthy controls with subsequent decline after treatment. However, with the discovery that FOXP3, the hallmark marker of Tregs, is not exclusive to Tregs and the lack of specific markers for Tregs, it has been a challenge to fully understand the role of Tregs in TB...
September 2016: Tuberculosis
Sherly Abraham, Dora Ernestina Izaguirre Anariba, Kirandeep Dua, Mohammad Mir, Arvind Ankireddypalli
Genitourinary tuberculosis represents a form of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis that occurs in the kidneys, ureters, seminal vesicles, prostate, testis, vas deferens, and epididymis. Isolated testicular involvement is unusual, and differential diagnosis includes testicular tumor, acute infection, infarction, and granulomatous infection. We report a case of a 36-year-old Ecuadorian man residing in New York, New York, who presented with a painful scrotal mass, weight loss, and purulent discharge from ulcerated lesion in scrotal area 10 years following his immigration to the United States...
June 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
Niro Okimoto, Takeyuki Kurihara, Naoyuki Miyashita
OBJECTIVE: We analyzed the use of QFT-TB Gold in Tube and T-SPOT.TB in diagnosing patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We evaluated 122 patients with suspected pulmonary tuberculosis (where chest X-ray showed consolidation or. tumor shadow in predilection sites of pulmonary tuberculosis and through contact investigation). QFT-TB Gold and T-SPOT.TB were performed for all the patients. The positive response rate and history of pulmonary tuberculosis in patients who showed positive results for the tests were evaluated...
April 2016: Kekkaku: [Tuberculosis]
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