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Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2000 Feb;4(2):184-5.

Predictive values of the ICT Tuberculosis test for the routine diagnosis of tuberculosis in Madagascar.

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Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, Tuberculosis National Reference Laboratory, Antananarivo.


The rapid commercialised ICT Tuberculosis test has been tested in Madagascar for the diagnosis of smear-positive pulmonary (SM+) and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (EPT), using microscopy, culture and histopathology as reference tests. Specificity was 83.3% and sensitivity 68.2% for SM+ patients and 65.2% for EPT patients. With a prevalence of 22.2% for SM+ patients and 52.4% for confirmed EPT among consulting patients in the National Reference Laboratory, the ICT Tuberculosis assay was not sufficiently predictive for application in the tuberculosis control programme.

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