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We compared the specificities of two interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs), T-SPOT®.TB (T-SPOT) and the QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) assay, in strictly selected subjects with a low risk of tuberculosis (TB) infection in a Japanese population. Of 111 subjects who were mostly bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccinated, one was positive using both assays and 110 were negative, using international cut-off values. Although several meta-analyses report that QFT-GIT has higher specificity than T-SPOT, our study demonstrates that the specificity of both assays is equally high in a population with a truly low risk of TB infection.
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Keywords: IGRAs; specificity; tuberculosis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Research Institute of Tuberculosis, Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association, Tokyo, Japan 2: Chiba University Hospital, Chiba, Japan; and National Hospital Organization Chiba-East Hospital, Chiba, Japan 3: Chiba University Hospital, Chiba, Japan

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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