Diagnosing Tuberculosis in Children With Simple Blood Test

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on  September 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM Child Health News
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The TAM-TB assay, a test that has been found by a new proof-of-concept study, is the first reliable immunodiagnostic assay to detect active tuberculosis in children.
 Diagnosing Tuberculosis in Children With Simple Blood Test
Diagnosing Tuberculosis in Children With Simple Blood Test

This assay is a major advance for the diagnosis of tuberculosis, particularly in tuberculosis-endemic regions. The new blood test, which provides a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children, is a sputum-independent blood test and makes use of an immunological phenomenon during tuberculosis disease.

Tuberculosis is a serious public health problem especially in low-resource countries and about 1 million children per year develop tuberculosis worldwide.

The study was published in Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Source: ANI

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