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A prospective longitudinal study evaluating a T-cell-based assay for latent tuberculosis infection in health-care workers in a general hospital in Beijing.
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PMID:  23769554     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: The health-care workers (HCWs) are at high risk of acquiring infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The objectives of this study were to compare the performance of the T-SPOT.TB and tuberculin skin test (TST) for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), evaluate diagnostic concordance and risk factors for LTBI, and observe the progression to active tuberculosis (TB) disease among HCWs in a general hospital in Beijing.
METHODS: The prospective cohort study enrolled HCWs in a tertiary general hospital in Beijing, China, to evaluate LTBI with T-SPOT.TB and TST. The subjects were evaluated every 12 months during the 60-month follow-up.
RESULTS: Of 101 participating HCWs, 96 and 101 had valid TST and T-SPOT.TB results, respectively. Twenty-nine (28.7%, 95% confidence interval (CI), 19.9% - 37.5%) were defined as positive by T-SPOT.TB and 53 (55.2%, 95%CI, 45.2% - 64.9%) were defined as positive by TST (using a ≥ 10 mm cutoff). An agreement between the two tests was poor (57.3%, κ = 0.18, 95%CI, 0.01% - 0.52%). In multivariate analysis, direct exposure to sputum smear-positive TB patients was a significant risk factor for a positive T-SPOT.TB (OR 5.76; 95%CI 1.38 - 24.00). Pooled frequency of antigen-specific IFN-γ secreting T-cells for subjects who reported direct contact with sputum smear-positive TB patients was significantly higher than that for participants without direct contact (P = 0.045). One of 20 participants with positive result of T-SPOT.TB and TST developed active TB at 24-month follow-up.
CONCLUSION: T-SPOT.TB is a more accurate, targeted method of diagnosing LTBI than TST.
Li-Fan Zhang; Xiao-Qing Liu; Yao Zhang; Guo-Hua Deng; Manish Pareek; Ajit Lalvani
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chinese medical journal     Volume:  126     ISSN:  0366-6999     ISO Abbreviation:  Chin. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2013 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513795     Medline TA:  Chin Med J (Engl)     Country:  China    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2039-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Infectious Diseases, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China; Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China.
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