Chest X-ray vs. Xpert® MTB/RIF assay for the diagnosis of sputum smear-negative tuberculosis in Uganda
DESIGN: Cross-sectional analytical study of 123 adults with chronic cough and no previous anti-tuberculosis treatment. Demographic, clinical, chest X-ray (CXR) and GeneXpert® MTB/RIF data were collected. Proportions of TB diagnoses using both tests were calculated and compared using an unpaired t-test.
RESULTS: Sixty-six patients (53.7%) were female and 35 (28.5%) tested positive for HIV; 21 (17.1%) were Xpert-positive, while 51 (42.5%) had CXR suggestive of TB (P = 0.0018), of whom only 15 (29.4%) were Xpert-positive. CXR was suggestive of pulmonary TB in 15 (71.4%) of the 21 patients with a positive Xpert test.
CONCLUSIONS: The majority of the sputum smear-negative patients did not have TB on single Xpert testing. CXR gave an overestimate of sputum smear-negative TB cases.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute, Uganda Research Unit on AIDS, Entebbe, Uganda 2: Department of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda 3: Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Publication date: 2014-02-01
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