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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514962/revisiting-annual-screening-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-healthcare-workers-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Guillaume A Mullie, Kevin Schwartzman, Alice Zwerling, Dieynaba S N'Diaye
BACKGROUND: In North America, tuberculosis incidence is now very low and risk to healthcare workers has fallen. Indeed, recent cohort data question routine annual tuberculosis screening in this context. We compared the cost-effectiveness of three potential strategies for ongoing screening of North American healthcare workers at risk of exposure. The analysis did not evaluate the cost-effectiveness of screening at hiring, and considered only workers with negative baseline tests. METHODS: A decision analysis model simulated a hypothetical cohort of 1000 workers following negative baseline tests, considering duties, tuberculosis exposure, testing and treatment...
May 17, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512556/pediatric-tuberculosis-in-northern-sardinia
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Maria Grazia Clemente, Elena Dore, Lidia Abis, Paola Molicotti, Stefania Zanetti, Paolina Olmeo, Roberto Antonucci
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Migration flux is an increasing phenomenon in Italy, and it raises several public health issues and concerns in pediatric infectious diseases. This study investigated the clinical characteristics and outcomes of a pediatric population at high-risk for tuberculosis (TB) and the potential role of immigration as a risk factor. DESIGN: We performed an observational retrospective study of children referred to the only Pediatric Infectious Diseases Unit for Northern Sardinia over a 6-year-period (2009-2014)...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500691/an-interventional-study-using-cell-mediated-immunity-to-personalize-therapy-for-cytomegalovirus-infection-after-transplantation
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Deepali Kumar, Muhtashim Mian, Lianne Singer, Atul Humar
Cell mediated immune responses predict clinical CMV events but have not been adopted into routine practice due to lack of interventional studies. Our objective was to demonstrate the safety and feasibility of early discontinuation of antivirals based on the real-time measurement of CMV-specific CMI in patients with CMV viremia. Transplant patients were enrolled at the onset of CMV viremia requiring antiviral therapy. CD8 T-cell responses were determined using the Quantiferon-CMV assay, and results were used to guide subsequent management...
May 13, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482964/the-sensitivity-of-the-quantiferon-%C3%A2-tb-gold-plus-assay-in-zambian-adults-with-active-tuberculosis
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L Telisinghe, M Amofa-Sekyi, K Maluzi, D Kaluba-Milimo, M Cheeba-Lengwe, K Chiwele, B Kosloff, S Floyd, S-L Bailey, H Ayles
SETTING AND OBJECTIVE: To investigate the sensitivity of the new interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA), QuantiFERON®-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus), for active TB (used as a surrogate for latent tuberculous infection) in a Zambian TB clinic. DESIGN: Consecutive smear or Xpert® MTB/RIF-positive adult (age 18 years) pulmonary TB patients were recruited between June 2015 and March 2016. Venous blood was tested using QFT-Plus. The sensitivity was defined as the number positive divided by the total number tested...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442616/correction-for-de-groote-et-al-highly-multiplexed-proteomic-analysis-of-quantiferon-supernatants-to-identify-biomarkers-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection
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Mary Ann De Groote, Michael Higgins, Thomas Hraha, Kirsten Wall, Michael L Wilson, David G Sterling, Nebojsa Janjic, Randall Reves, Urs A Ochsner, Robert Belknap
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438462/comparison-of-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assays-quantiferon-tb-git-and-t-spot-tb-in-renal-transplantation
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Satoru Ishikawa, Hidetoshi Igari, Naotake Akutsu, Mizue Tsuyuzaki, Hiromichi Aoyama, Masayuki Hasegawa, Kazunori Otsuki, Michihiro Maruyama, Kenichi Saigo, Kiminori Suzuki, Fumio Yamagishi
Renal transplant recipients are at increased risk of reactivating latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and progressing to active tuberculosis (TB). This study was conducted in National hospital for tuberculosis and renal transplantation (RT) in Japan. The purpose is to compare two interferon-γ release assays (IGRAs), QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold in Tube (QFT) and T-SPOT(®).TB (TSPOT), in patients after renal transplantation for detecting latent TB infection (LTBI). Total 92 renal transplant recipients (median age 46 years, range 17-75) were prospectively enrolled, and QFT and TSPOT were concurrently examined...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431019/identifying-cytomegalovirus-cmv-complications-using-the-quantiferon-cmv-assay-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Michelle K Yong, Paul U Cameron, Monica Slavin, C Orla Morrissey, Krystal Bergin, Andrew Spencer, David Ritchie, Allen C Cheng, Assia Samri, Guislaine Carcelain, Brigitte Autran, Sharon R Lewin
Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation and disease remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. A simple test to identify recovery of CMV-specific T-cell immunity could assist clinicians in managing CMV-related complications. Methods: In an observational multi-centre prospective study of 94 allogeneic HSCT recipients we evaluated CMV-specific T-cell immunity at baseline, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months post-transplant using the Quantiferon-CMV®, an ELISpot assay and in a subset, we also evaluated intracellular cytokine staining (ICS)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430999/repurposing-quantiferon-for-detection-of-neutralizing-ifn-%C3%AE-autoantibodies-in-patients-with-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infections
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Isabelle Suárez, Clara Lehmann, Henning Gruell, Jessica Graeb, Matthias Kochanek, Gerd Fätkenheuer, Georg Plum, Annelies van Wengen, Esther van de Vosse, Pia Hartmann, Leif G Hanitsch, Jan Rybniker
Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections due to autoantibodies targeting IFN-γ are an emerging medical problem. However, case finding is hampered due to highly complex diagnostic procedures not available in routine laboratories. We show that QuantiFERON assays can be exploited as a simple screening tool that may facilitate adequate and timely treatment.
April 20, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419401/unilateral-pigmented-paravenous-retinochoroidal-atrophy-associated-with-presumed-ocular-tuberculosis
#9
Guillermo Fernandez-Sanz, Ester Carreño, Sonia Mall, Magella M Neveu, Graham E Holder, Dhanes Thomas
This report describes a case of unilateral pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy (PPRCA) in a patient with low-grade unilateral intermediate uveitis. A 31-year-old woman, previously diagnosed with intermediate uveitis in the right eye (OD) presented to the clinic. Best-corrected visual acuity was 20/20 OD. Fundus examination, fluorescein angiography, autofluorescence, and optical coherence tomography OD were in keeping with a phenotypic diagnosis of PPRCA. Electrophysiology showed severe photoreceptor dysfunction of both the rod and the cone systems OD...
April 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413722/performance-of-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assay-in-the-diagnosis-of-tuberculous-lymphadenitis-a-meta-analysis
#10
Qianqian Liu, Wenzhang Li, Yunfeng Chen, Xinmiao Du, Chengdi Wang, Binmiao Liang, Yin Tang, Yulin Feng, Chuanmin Tao, Jian-Qing He
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic values of interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA) in tuberculosis (TB) vary a lot with different site of infections, with especially higher sensitivities in chronic forms of TB such as tuberculosis of the lymph node. We conducted a meta-analysis to comprehensively evaluate the overall accuracy of diagnostic IGRA for tuberculous lymphadenitis. METHODS: Pubmed, Web of Science, EMBASE, Wanfang and CNKI databases up to February 17, 2017 were searched to identify published studies...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407146/high-rates-of-latent-tb-infection-in-contacts-and-the-wider-community-in-south-india
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Padmanesan Narasimhan, Chandini Raina MacIntyre, Dilip Mathai, James Wood
Background: We aimed to compare TB transmission rates between case and community households in Vellore, South India. Methods: 359 household contacts (HHC) and 363 community contacts (CC) were assessed with tuberculin skin test (TST) and QuantiFERON TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT) between August 2010 and September 2011. Concordance test and multivariate risk factor assessment were conducted using logistic regression adjusted for clustering. Results: Latent TB infection (LTBI) positivity was similar between the two groups using both tests, with only moderate concordance observed between QFT and TST...
February 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399965/impact-of-euro-american-sublineages-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-on-new-infections-among-named-contacts
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J-Y Feng, L G Jarlsberg, J Rose, J A Grinsdale, M Janes, J Higashi, D H Osmond, P Nahid, P C Hopewell, M Kato-Maeda
BACKGROUND: The impact of demographic, clinical, and bacterial factors on new infection by Euro-American lineage Mycobacterium tuberculosis among contacts of patients with tuberculosis (TB) has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To describe the risk factors for new infection by Euro-American M. tuberculosis sublineages in San Francisco, California. DESIGN: We included contacts of patients with TB due to Euro-American M. tuberculosis. Sublineages were determined by large-sequence polymorphisms...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398535/diagnostic-utility-of-new-equation-for-active-tuberculosis-based-on-parameters-of-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assay
#13
You La Jeon, Min-Jeong Kim, Woo-In Lee, Myeong Hee Kim, So Young Kang
Background: We derived a new equation to include interferon-γ (IFN-γ) levels in the QuantiFERON-Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) assay to discriminate active tuberculosis (ATB) infection from latent TB, and compared the diagnostic performance of the QFT-GIT assay and the new equation. Methods: From January 2013 through May 2015, we retrospectively enrolled 159 and 408 patients with and without ATB, respectively, in this study. Discriminant analysis was performed to derive an equation to distinguish the ATB group from the non-ATB group...
April 8, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392316/prevalence-of-latent-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-ltbi-in-saudi-arabia-population-based-survey
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Hanan H Balkhy, Kamel El Beltagy, Aiman El-Saed, Badr Aljasir, Abdulhakeem Althaqafi, Adel F Alothman, Mohammad Alshalaan, Hamdan Al-Jahdali
BACKGROUND: The annual risk of tuberculosis infection (ARTI) data in Saudi Arabia has not been updated since 1993. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the prevalence of latent TB infection (LTBI) and ARTI in a population-based sample in Saudi Arabia using Tuberculin skin test (TST) and QuantiFERON TB Gold in tube (QFT-GIT) test. METHODS: A population-based cross sectional study was conducted between July 2010 and March 2013. Participants were randomly selected from the population served by the primary healthcare centers of the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh, Jeddah, Alhassa and Dammam, Saudi Arabia...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387329/introducing-the-esat-6-free-igra-a-companion-diagnostic-for-tb-vaccines-based-on-esat-6
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Morten Ruhwald, Lena de Thurah, Davis Kuchaka, Mostafa Rafaat Zaher, Ahmed M Salman, Abdel-Rahman Abdel-Ghaffar, Faten Aly Shoukry, Sascha Wilk Michelsen, Bolette Soborg, Thomas Blauenfeldt, Stellah Mpagama, Søren T Hoff, Else Marie Agger, Ida Rosenkrands, Claus Aagard, Gibson Kibiki, Nabila El-Sheikh, Peter Andersen
There is a need for an improved vaccine for tuberculosis. ESAT-6 is a cardinal vaccine antigen with unique properties and is included in several vaccine candidates in development. ESAT-6 is also the core antigen in the IFN-γ release assays (IGRA) used to diagnose latent infection, rendering IGRA tests unspecific after vaccination. This challenge has prompted the development of a companion diagnostic for ESAT-6 based vaccines, an ESAT-6 free IGRA. We screened a panel of seven potential new diagnostic antigens not recognized in BCG vaccinated individuals...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384350/a-dose-response-relationship-of-smoking-with-tuberculosis-infection-a-cross-sectional-study-among-21008-rural-residents-in-china
#16
Haoran Zhang, Henan Xin, Xiangwei Li, Hengjing Li, Mufei Li, Wei Lu, Liqiong Bai, Xinhua Wang, Jianmin Liu, Qi Jin, Lei Gao
OBJECTIVES: China has high burden on both of tuberculosis (TB) and tobacco use. This study aims to explore the potential link between smoking and TB infection using baseline survey data of a large-scale population-based prospective study in rural China. METHODS: Between July 1 and Sept 30, 2013, based on the baseline survey of a population-based, prospective study in rural China, the relationship between smoking and TB infection, assessed by interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA), was investigated among the total study population and only among those smokers, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381742/the-direct-comparison-of-two-interferon-gamma-release-assays-in-the-tuberculosis-screening-of-japanese-healthcare-workers
#17
Masaki Tanabe, Akiko Nakamura, Akie Arai, Daisuke Yamasaki, Kyoko Hirano, Tetsu Kobayashi, Osamu Taguchi, Toshihiro Kaneko, Masaaki Ito
Objective Two interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs), the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) and T-SPOT.TB (T-SPOT), are commercially available. The agreement between the two IGRAs in the screening of healthcare workers (HCWs) for latent tuberculosis is not well known. Methods The QFT-GIT and T-SPOT tests were performed for the baseline tuberculosis screening of 654 HCWs who worked at Mie University Hospital in Japan. The results of the two tests were directly compared. Results Nineteen (2.9%), 28 (4.3%) and 33 (5...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367883/quantiferon-%C3%A2-tb-gold-in-tube-test-for-tuberculosis-prevention-in-hiv-infected-patients
#18
Thana Khawcharoenporn, Benjawan Phetsuksiri, Janisara Rudeeaneksin, Sopa Srisungngam, Anucha Apisarnthanarak
Optimal testing strategy for diagnosing latent tuberculosis infection and guiding isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) is uncertain among HIV-infected patients. A 4-year prospective study was conducted among Thai HIV-infected patients who underwent simultaneous tuberculin skin test (TST) and QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-tube Test (QFT-IT) at care entry. Based on baseline test results, patients were categorized into 4 groups: 1) QFT-IT-positive, TST-reactive 2) QFT-IT-positive, TST-non-reactive 3) QFT-IT-negative, TST-reactive, or 4) QFT-IT-negative, TST-non-reactive...
March 28, 2017: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351463/tuberculin-skin-test-and-interferon-gamma-release-assay-use-among-privately-insured-persons-in-the-united-states
#19
K Owusu-Edusei, E L Stockbridge, C A Winston, M Kolasa, R Miramontes
OBJECTIVE: To describe tuberculin skin test (TST) and interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) (i.e., QuantiFERON®-TB [QFT] and T-SPOT®.TB [T-SPOT]) use among privately insured persons in the United States over a 15-year period. METHODS: We used current procedural terminology (CPT) codes for the TST and IGRAs to extract out-patient claims (2000-2014) and determined usage (claims/100 000). The χ2 test for trend in proportions was used to describe usage trends for select periods...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337457/screening-for-tuberculosis-in-health-care-workers-experience-in-an-italian-teaching-hospital
#20
Christian Napoli, Filippo Ferretti, Filippo Di Ninno, Riccardo Orioli, Alessandra Marani, Maria Giuditta Sarlo, Claudio Prestigiacomo, Assunta De Luca, Giovanni Battista Orsi
Health care workers (HCW) are particularly at risk of acquiring tuberculosis (TB), even in countries with low TB incidence. Therefore, TB screening in HCW is a useful prevention strategy in countries with both low and high TB incidence. Tuberculin skin test (TST) is widely used although it suffers of low specificity; on the contrary, the in vitro enzyme immunoassay tests (IGRA) show superior specificity and sensitivity but are more expensive. The present study reports the results of a three-year TB surveillance among HCW in a large teaching hospital in Rome, using TST (by standard Mantoux technique) and IGRA (by QuantiFERON-TB) as first- and second-level screening tests, respectively...
2017: BioMed Research International
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