Hsiao-Leng Hsu

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The performance of the DR. MTBC PCR-based assay and the BD ProbeTec ET Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex Direct Detection (DTB) assay for the direct detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was evaluated using 1,066 consecutive clinical respiratory samples collected from 494 patients who did not have old cases of pulmonary tuberculosis and were not(More)
We evaluated an enzyme-linked immunospot assay for interferon-gamma (T SPOT-TB) for rapid diagnosis of active tuberculosis (TB) in a disease-endemic area. From January to June 2005, patients whose clinical symptoms and radiographic findings were compatible with TB were recruited, and a blood sample was obtained for T SPOT-TB assay within 7 days of(More)
Sir, The emergence of resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to fluoroquinolones in patients with newly diagnosed infection has been a concern, especially in patients who have prior exposure to fluoroquinolones. 1 Furthermore, the usage of fluoroquinolones in community-acquired infection has been reported to delay the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). 2,3(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the in vitro activities of nemonoxacin (a novel non-fluorinated quinolone), doripenem, tigecycline and 16 other antimicrobial agents against the Nocardia species. METHODS MICs of 19 antimicrobial agents for 125 clinical isolates of the Nocardia species were determined by the broth microdilution method. (More)
Because of the increasing numbers of nontuberculous mycobacterial isolates from clinical specimens, rapid and accurate methods for culture confirmation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis are urgently needed. The study evaluated the performance of the Capilia TB immunochromatographic assay (TAUNS, Numazu, Japan) for culture confirmation of M. tuberculosis using(More)
BACKGROUND Reinfection is a major contributor to tuberculosis (TB). It seems that the higher the local incidence, the higher the proportion of reinfection. METHODS Based on a systematic review of the literature, we established a regression model to predict the reinfection proportion from the local incidence. We then used our local data to verify the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Two commercial interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) assays, which are commonly used for diagnosing latent tuberculosis (TB), are also useful for diagnosis of active TB. In this study, the IFN-gamma assays and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for diagnosis of TB were compared. METHODS A prospective comparison of the performance of 2(More)
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