Host markers in Quantiferon supernatants differentiate active TB from latent TB infection: preliminary report

@article{Chegou2009HostMI,
  title={Host markers in Quantiferon supernatants differentiate active TB from latent TB infection: preliminary report},
  author={Novel N Chegou and Gillian F. Black and Martin Kidd and Paul D van Helden and Gerhard Walzl},
  journal={BMC Pulmonary Medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={9},
  pages={21 - 21}
}
BACKGROUND Interferon gamma release assays, including the QuantiFERON TB Gold In Tube (QFT) have been shown to be accurate in diagnosing Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. These assays however, do not discriminate between latent TB infection (LTBI) and active TB disease. METHODS We recruited twenty-three pulmonary TB patients and 34 household contacts from Cape Town, South Africa and performed the QFT test. To investigate the ability of new host markers to differentiate between LTBI and… CONTINUE READING