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Mayo Clin Proc. 2012 Jul;87(7):643-51. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2012.02.024.

Molecular techniques for diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection: systematic review and meta-analysis.

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Department of Graduate Medical Education, Aurora UW Medical Group, Milwaukee, WI, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the usefulness of 2 rapid molecular diagnostic techniques, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), in Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).

METHODS:

We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the accuracy of PCR and LAMP in diagnosis of CDI, including studies that used toxigenic culture or cytotoxicity assay as reference standard.

RESULTS:

A search of PubMed and CinAHL medical databases yielded 25 PCR studies, including 11,801 samples that met inclusion criteria and 6 heterogeneous studies that evaluated LAMP. With toxigenic culture as a standard, pooled sensitivity was 0.92 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.91-0.94); specificity, 0.94 (95% CI, 0.94-0.95); and diagnostic odds ratio, 378 (95% CI, 260-547). With cytotoxicity as a standard, pooled sensitivity was 0.87 (95% CI, 0.84-0.90); specificity, 0.97 (95% CI, 0.97-0.98); and diagnostic odds ratio, 370 (95% CI, 226-606).

CONCLUSION:

Polymerase chain reaction is a highly accurate test for identifying CDI. Heterogeneity in LAMP studies did not allow meta-analysis; however, further research into this promising method is warranted.

PMID:
22766084
PMCID:
PMC3538482
DOI:
10.1016/j.mayocp.2012.02.024
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