The rapid molecular test Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra: towards improved tuberculosis diagnosis and rifampicin resistance detection.

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Summary of "The rapid molecular test Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra: towards improved tuberculosis diagnosis and rifampicin resistance detection."

Tuberculosis diagnosis has dramatically improved since the introduction of the rapid molecular test Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) detecting M. tuberculosis and rifampicin resistance directly from clinical specimens, therefore shortening the turnaround time, reducing patient's isolation period and decreasing the time to start anti-TB drugs. The new version, Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra (Ultra), displays a higher sensitivity and an improved rifampicin resistance detection. Both tests have been endorsed by the World Health Organisation.


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Name: Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
ISSN: 1469-0691


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The dormant form of TUBERCULOSIS where the person shows no obvious symptoms and no sign of the causative agent (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) in the SPUTUM despite being positive for tuberculosis infection skin test.

A protein extracted from boiled culture of tubercle bacilli (MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS). It is used in the tuberculin skin test (TUBERCULIN TEST) for the diagnosis of tuberculosis infection in asymptomatic persons.

Tuberculosis of the brain, spinal cord, or meninges (TUBERCULOSIS, MENINGEAL), most often caused by MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS and rarely by MYCOBACTERIUM BOVIS. The infection may be limited to the nervous system or coexist in other organs (e.g., TUBERCULOSIS, PULMONARY). The organism tends to seed the meninges causing a diffuse meningitis and leads to the formation of TUBERCULOMA, which may occur within the brain, spinal cord, or perimeningeal spaces. Tuberculous involvement of the vertebral column (TUBERCULOSIS, SPINAL) may result in nerve root or spinal cord compression. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp717-20)

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TUBERCULOSIS that involves any region of the GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT, mostly in the distal ILEUM and the CECUM. In most cases, MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS is the pathogen. Clinical features include ABDOMINAL PAIN; FEVER; and palpable mass in the ileocecal area.

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