DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOSIS : DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOSIS Emerging Trends
Dr.T.V.Rao, MD. Robert Koch Discovers Mycobacterium : Robert Koch Discovers Mycobacterium A Global Emergency : A Global Emergency The Tuberculosis in the beginning of the 21st Century declared as Global Emergency (WHO) Why Tuberculosis is a Important Disease. : Why Tuberculosis is a Important Disease. Tuberculosis continues to be a Important communicable disease.
A leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Developing world.
Most Important communicable disease in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Africa, and Pakistan.
But it is Curable Disease Tuberculosis is a Global Problem : Tuberculosis is a Global Problem Tuberculosis - Important communicable disease spread by Respiratory route : Tuberculosis - Important communicable disease spread by Respiratory route Why Everybody Concerned. : Why Everybody Concerned. Tuberculosis kills young adults.
Premature death of the infected a prominent future.
Today many are co infected with HIV.
The open cases of Tuberculosis infects a few around his/her environment.
A social burden to the family, society and Nations. Tuberculosis in the era ofHIV / AIDS. : Tuberculosis in the era ofHIV / AIDS. HIV / AIDS epidemic led to large increase of Smear negative pulmonary tuberculosis which in turn has led to poor treatment out comes, and early mortality
Frequently involves Lower lobes of Lungs. Why we fail to Diagnose Tuberculosis. : Why we fail to Diagnose Tuberculosis. Lack of health infrastructure.
Control is plagued with lack of
Technologies. Why we failed ( Cont ) : Why we failed ( Cont ) Diagnostic services are poor, and so we failed at Individual and community levels.
Patients are diagnosed late.
Many patients are never diagnosed before death.
Early deaths are burden to Social Infrastructure and Economic loss. Importance of Clinical services : Importance of Clinical services Early diagnosis rests with clinicians, whose contribution is immense in prompt treatment.
A clinicians knowledge, proper documentation are immense help in Developing countries. When to suspect Tuberculosis : When to suspect Tuberculosis Cough longer than 3 weeks.
Fever for 1 month, or both.
Blood stained sputum.
Nigh sweats, weight loss
Age between 14 and 70 years ( Correlates National Tuberculosis Programme ). DIAGNOSTIC METHODS : DIAGNOSTIC METHODS Diagnosis. : Diagnosis. Tuberculosis is a diversified disease.
Any organs can be involved.
Any age group, gender no bar for Tuberculosis.
Involvement of Lungs contribute to majority of tuberculosis.
And involvement of Lungs is designated as Pulmonary tuberculosis. Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis : Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis Majority of Adults suffer with pulmonary tuberculosis.
Microbiological examination of Sputum continues to be a Gold standard in proving the Diagnosis.
Sputum examination in Children is not sensitive in Diagnosis.
Radiological examination of Lungs, most commonly prescribed investigation. X - ray examination of chest most easily available Investigation. : X - ray examination of chest most easily available Investigation. Microbiological Investigations are essential for definitive Diagnosis of Tuberculosis. : Microbiological Investigations are essential for definitive Diagnosis of Tuberculosis. Importance of Optimal Specimens : Importance of Optimal Specimens Pulmonary Tuberculosis is the commonest presentation of Tuberculosis
Sputum is the Most important specimen for identification and isolation of Acid fast bacilli.
The developing countries suffers the most important step in getting an ideal sample. Sputum specimens : Sputum specimens Train the staff to obtain the appropriate specimen
A few minutes of education to patients on importance of ideal sample make a great difference and improves the Diagnosis. Observe to identify Sputum from Saliva. : Observe to identify Sputum from Saliva. SPUTUM
Specimens appear mucoid even, blood stained.
Contains many Polymorphonutrophils. SALIVA
Appears clear, watery, and frothy.
Contains many squamous epithelial cells
Absence of Polymorphoneutrophils. Role of Microscopy in Tuberculosis. : Role of Microscopy in Tuberculosis. Microscopy for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis is initiated in 1880
The conceptions have not changed since then.
Best efforts should be put to obtain sputum,
Processing of saliva loses all valuable clues to diagnose. Microscopy and Tuberculosis : Microscopy and Tuberculosis Microscopy with Ziehl – Neelsen’s staining
A century old
procedure Why Microscopy : Why Microscopy Only we need Microscope, and few stains.
Most rapid, economical,
Can detect bacterial load.
A Diagnostic, and Prognostic tool.
A little of sputum 0.2 µl is adequate.
A prompt diagnosis after searching as few as 100 fields. Limitation of Microscopy for Tuberculosis. : Limitation of Microscopy for Tuberculosis. Repeated sample examinations. load on technical staff.
Training and dedication of Microscopist.
The load of bacilli must be more than 10,000 / 1 ml of sputum.
Low in sensitivity < 50 %
Repeated requests for samples
High drop out by patients, for repeated samples.
Not dependable in pediatric age group. Smear showing Acid Fast Bacilli. : Smear showing Acid Fast Bacilli. What is Smear PositivityWHO : What is Smear PositivityWHO All patients who have submitted two
Specimens and found to be positive
for identification of AFB Processing Direct smear negative specimens : Processing Direct smear negative specimens Sputum Microscopy can be improved with Sputum liquefaction, concentration and gravity sedimentation.
N-acetyl-L-cysteine –sodium hydroxide. Benefits of Liquefaction and Concentration : Benefits of Liquefaction and Concentration Major studies showed processing of sputum with chemicals and centrifugation improved sensitivity up to 18 %.
Incremental yield ( positive with bleach minus positives with Ziehl – Neelsen stain) up to 9 %.
Treating specimens with Sodium hypochlorite is Mycobactericidal and also kills HIV and improves the safety and acceptability by technical staff. When Microscopy fails : When Microscopy fails Smear negative tuberculosis.
In HIV infected patients, on many occasions prove negative. in spite of presence of bacilli, ( as few bacilli are expectorated).
Needs concentration and liquefaction with chemicals.
Time consuming, needs more technical manpower Growing role ofFluorescent Microscopy : Growing role ofFluorescent Microscopy There is a growing need for screening for AFB by Florescent Microscopy.
Several studies prove, Florescent Microscopy in Diagnosis of Tuberculosis is a priority,
Developing world should opt and initiate florescent microscopy. Acid Fast Bacilli as seen under Fluorescent Microscope : Acid Fast Bacilli as seen under Fluorescent Microscope Why we need Florescent Microscopy : Why we need Florescent Microscopy Useful when few bacilli are present.
Increases the sensitivity in HIV patients with tuberculosis.
Reduces the time needed for testing.
About 15 times as many fields of view can be scanned by fluorescent microscopy than by Ziehl – Neelsen’method in the same period.
Increases the sensitivity by 10 %
Better conclusions with one or two specimens, unlike Ziehl Neelsen’s method needing 3 or > 3 specimens. Culturing Mycobacterium : Culturing Mycobacterium Culturing for isolation of Mycobacterium spp continues to be a Gold standard, particularly in Developing countries.
Need only 10 – 100 bacilli / 1 ml of sputum. Culturing Most useful in : Culturing Most useful in Surveillance,
Drug sensitivity testing patterns.
Identify treatment failures.
Useful in Patients presenting with respiratory symptoms, X- ray’s suggestive, but smear negative. Can prove culture positive.
Cultures remain suggestive and helpful in early treatment periods, failed drug regimes. Methods of Culturing. : Methods of Culturing. Culturing on Lowenstein Jenson’s culture medium remain the affordable ,economical method in developing world. Limitation in Culturing : Limitation in Culturing Mycobacterium spp are slow growing.
Need 6 – 8 weeks for growing.
Specimens can be contaminated while growing, needs repeated specimens, in turn patients loose confidence in Laboratories. Recent facts on Culturing : Recent facts on Culturing Useful in HIV infected patients with Tuberculosis.
As even few bacilli can be grown in spite of smear negativity.
But the specimens to be incubated for longer time as few bacilli are present. Pitfalls in Culturing : Pitfalls in Culturing Specificity is lost due to contamination.
Can yield false positive results in 1 – 4 % of the cases.
Cultures may be negative in spite of x rays are suggestive of tuberculosis. Growth of Acid fast bacilli on L J Medium. : Growth of Acid fast bacilli on L J Medium. ADVANCES IN CULTURING TECHNIQUES. : ADVANCES IN CULTURING TECHNIQUES. There are emerging Modern Media with accurate detection, are replacing the Egg and Agar based medium. Emerging methods in Culturing : Emerging methods in Culturing MGIT – Mycobacterium growth incubator tube method.
Growth occurs in shorter than egg medium.
Usefulness in HIV patients established.
Contamination is less
But expensive to people in Developing world. Blood culturing for Mycobacterium : Blood culturing for Mycobacterium Useful in HIV patients, and children.
Effective in isolation of Atypical mycobacterium.
But not cost effective.
May be important tool in future for diagnosing Tuberculosis in HIV infected. Molecular Methods in Diagnosis of Tuberculosis : Molecular Methods in Diagnosis of Tuberculosis Several methods are available, mainly used as
Research tools Real Time PCR replacing older Methods : Real Time PCR replacing older Methods PCR How useful to our Patients? : PCR How useful to our Patients? PCR ( Polymerase chain reaction ) used by several investigators.
However most cases can be diagnosed with simple methods if effectively used.
The definite role of PCR continues to be controversial
Above all not cost effective to Developing countries. Rapid Diagnostic Methods in Tuberculosis : Rapid Diagnostic Methods in Tuberculosis Past decade has seen several emerging technologies
How far practicable ? Emerging Rapid Methods. : Emerging Rapid Methods. 1. Fast Plaque TB uses phage amplification technology.
2. ELISA ( QuantiFERON – TB )
3. Enzyme-Linked immunospot
( ELISPOT )
ELISPOT proved highly useful to detect active
tuberculosis in Adults and children. Emerging TechnologyMODS : Emerging TechnologyMODS Microscopic observation drug susceptibility assay. ( MODS )
A new method gained importance in several reviews.
Use a tissue culture plate based assay with use of Middle Brook 7HG.
Needs a inverted light microscope.
Even the drug resistance can be tested with Rifampicin,and Isoniazid.
Safe to work with cultures. Non Specific Tests : Non Specific Tests Tuberculin test
( Mantoux Test ) Tuberculin Test( Mantoux Test ) : Tuberculin Test( Mantoux Test ) Test to be interpreted in relation to clinical evaluation.
Even the induration of 5 mm to be considered positive when tested on HIV patients.
Lacks specificity. Serology in Tuberculosis. : Serology in Tuberculosis. Several serological methods were evaluated.
But never gained the acceptance of the majority of the clinicians.
Serological tests are low sensitivity.
Many physicians depend on serology in extra pulmonary tuberculosis. Dealing with Tuberculosis in HIV / AIDS patients. : Dealing with Tuberculosis in HIV / AIDS patients. Diagnosing Tuberculosis in HIV infected is a priority and improve quality of Life HIV/AIDS - Tuberculosis : HIV/AIDS - Tuberculosis Consider the HIV status
Identify the severity of Tuberculosis.
Early use of chest radiography.
Maximal number of sputum smear examinations.
Sputum concentration methods to be encouraged even by smaller laboratories.
Explore the use of Florescent Microscopy.
All smear negative specimens should be cultured. Limitations of Rapid Tests : Limitations of Rapid Tests The testing needs advanced and sophisticated infrastructure.
These tests are known for their inability to diagnose between active disease and latent infection.
Exclusively used in Developed nations. Extra pulmonary Tuberculosis : Extra pulmonary Tuberculosis Poses several challenges, Yet no optimal, specific diagnostic methods Extra pulmonary Tuberculosis : Extra pulmonary Tuberculosis A real challenge to Clinicians and Laboratories.
Optimal specimen collection a priority,
Molecular Methods are growing need.
Clinicians start drug regimes on empirical basis.
Several serological tests for antibody determinations are evaluated. Identification of Atypical Mycobacterium : Identification of Atypical Mycobacterium A growing concern on infections with less known, uncommon Mycobacterium in immunosupreesed, an emerging infectious disease problem Atypical Mycobacterium : Atypical Mycobacterium Needs the help of reference laboratories.
Needs different drug regimes, unlike typical Mycobacterium isolates.
Now a gowning concern in the era of AIDS. Future perceptions : Future perceptions It is highly essential to explore and discover rapid, simple, and accurate tuberculosis diagnostic tools.
A massive investment, greater scientific interest, political commitment a top priority,
Man power development, Human resource utilization a greater concern.
Microscopy and Florescent Microscopy utilization should be immediate concern, and strengthening of treatment initiation protocols.
Effective methods in diagnosing smear negative patients a growing priority. Microscopy in TuberculosisTODAY : Microscopy in TuberculosisTODAY In spite of several scientific, and molecular advances Microscopy in Tuberculosis continues to be back bone in Diagnosis.