Stool Xpert® MTB/RIF test for the diagnosis of childhood pulmonary tuberculosis at primary clinics in Zimbabwe

by M. Chipinduro, K. Mateveke, B. Makamure et al.
The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Vol. 21, Nr. 2, 1 February 2017, pp. 161-166

7 pp. 123 kB

The objective of the study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of Xpert® MTB/RIF on stool samples from children with clinical suspicion of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) at primary care clinics. The authors conclude that Stool Xpert is a potential alternative screening test for children with suspected TB if sputum is unavailable. Strategies to optimise the diagnostic yield of stool Xpert assay need further study.

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