Author(s): Viveiros M, Leandro C, Rodrigues L, Almeida J, Bettencourt R,
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Abstract The INNO-LiPA Rif.TB assay for the identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains and the detection of rifampin (RIF) resistance has been evaluated with 360 smear-positive respiratory specimens from an area of high incidence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The sensitivity when compared to conventional identification/culture methods was 82.2\%, and the specificity was 66.7\%; the sensitivity and specificity were 100.0\% and 96.9\%, respectively, for the detection of RIF resistance. This assay has the potential to provide rapid information that is essential for the effective management of MDR-TB.
This article was published in J Clin Microbiol
and referenced in Biochemistry & Pharmacology: Open Access