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Setting: A serological test that contributes in diagnosing tuberculosis would aid patient management.

Objective: To evaluate MycoDot™, a new commercially available serological test, for the detection of immunoglobulin G antibodies to lipoarabinomannan (LAM), a glycolipid common to mycobacteria.

Design: Serum samples from 102 non-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients with no previous history of tuberculosis and with suspected active pulmonary (66) and/or extra-pulmonary (36) tuberculosis were investigated; 50 HIV-negative healthy subjects, sputum culture-negative, tuberculin skin test negative and with no history of tuberculosis, were used as controls.

Results and conclusion: In 28 patients with microbiologically ascertained tuberculosis 25/28 serum samples were positive, whereas the test was negative in two patients with renal tuberculosis and in one with pulmonary tuberculosis. The remaining 74 serum samples were negative. The follow-up of these patients excluded a mycobacterial infection. Control subjects were negative. On the basis of our design, the MycoDot™ test, with its rapidity and degree of sensitivity, is suitable for routine use in laboratory diagnosis of both pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis.

Keywords: antibodies; lipoarabinomannan; serology; tuberculosis

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Medical Microbiology, University of Bari, Bari, Italy 2: Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases ‘D. Cotugno’, Bari, Italy

Publication date: February 1, 1998

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