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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 106, No. 3, 2011, pp. 378-380
Bioline Code: oc11064
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 106, No. 3, 2011, pp. 378-380

 en A rapid detection of multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis by a nitrate reductase assay on blood agar
Coban, Ahmet Yilmaz; Cayci, Yeliz Tanriverdi; Deveci, Aydin; Akgunes, Alper; Uzun, Meltem & Durupinar, Belma

Abstract

The susceptibility of 49 Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical isolates to isoniazid (INH) and rifampisin (RIF) (28 multi-drug resistant-tuberculosis samples) was determined by a nitrate reductase assay (NRA) on blood agar. Agreement between the NRA and other testing methods was found to be 93.8% for both INH and RIF. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value for INH were 92.8%, 94.2%, 86.6% and 97%, respectively. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value for RIF were 90.4%, 96.4%, 95% and 93.1%. In conclusion, we show here that blood agar can be used effectively for the NRA test.

Keywords
Mycobacterium tuberculosis - nitrate reductase assay - blood agar

 
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