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Free Content Performance of a pyrosequencing platform in diagnosing drug-resistant extra-pulmonary tuberculosis in India

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SETTING: Pyrosequencing diagnostic assays have shown great utility in identifying and characterizing pulmonary drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) infections. However, the method has yet to be evaluated for the diagnosis of drug-resistant extra-pulmonary TB (EPTB).

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of a pyrosequencing platform in establishing molecular drug resistance profiles for 79 clinical EPTB specimens at a referral center for drug-resistant TB in India.

DESIGN: Genotypic drug resistance profiles were established for all 79 non-pulmonary, culture-positive TB clinical specimens. Acid-fast bacilli smear microscopy, MGIT™ 960™ culture and drug susceptibility testing were performed on all specimens for reference.

RESULTS: In comparison to MGIT 960, the sensitivity and specificity of pyrosequencing in detecting drug resistance among specimens was found to be respectively 100% and 100%, 67% and 98%, and 100% and 100% for isoniazid, rifampicin, and the fluoroquinolones. No EPTB specimens were phenotypically resistant to any of the injectables, but the specificity of the assay was determined to be 100%, 98%, and 98% for amikacin, kanamycin, and capreomycin.

CONCLUSIONS: Pyrosequencing is a rapid, appropriate technology for the diagnosis of isoniazid-, fluoroquinolone-, and potentially injectable drug-resistant EPTB clinical specimens, and should be considered as an alternative to conventional growth-based diagnostic methods for EPTB when resistance to these drugs is suspected.
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Keywords: drug resistance; genetic mutations; molecular diagnostics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: *Division of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA 2: Section Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, P D Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, India

Publication date: 01 February 2016

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