Diagnostic Accuracy of a Novel and Rapid Lipoarabinomannan Test for Diagnosing Tuberculosis Among People With Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Post Date: 
2019-12-21
Publication: 
Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Summary: 

Background: The novel Fujifilm SILVAMP TB-LAM (FujiLAM) assay detects mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan in urine and has demonstrated superior sensitivity to the Alere Determine TB-LAM Ag (AlereLAM) assay for detection of tuberculosis among hospitalized people with human immunodeficiency virus (PWH). This is the first study to evaluate the assay among a broad population referred for antiretroviral therapy including both outpatients (mainly) and inpatients.

Methods: We assessed diagnostic accuracy of FujiLAM and AlereLAM assays in biobanked urine samples from a cohort of adults referred for antiretroviral therapy in Ghana against a microbiological and a composite (including clinical judgement) reference standard, and we assessed the association of FujiLAM test positivity with mortality.

Results: We evaluated urine samples from 532 PWH (462 outpatients, 70 inpatients). Against a microbiological reference standard, the sensitivity of FujiLAM was 74.2% (95% confidence interval [CI], 62.0-84.2) compared to 53.0% (95% CI, 40.3-65.4) for AlereLAM, a difference of 21.2% (CI, 13.1-32.5). Specificity was 89.3% (95% CI, 85.8-92.2) versus 95.6% (95% CI, 93.0-97.4) for FujiLAM and AlereLAM, a difference of -6.3% (95% CI -9.6 to -3.3). Specificity estimates for FujiLAM increased markedly to 98.8% (95% CI, 96.6-99.8) in patients with CD4 >100 cells/µL and when using a composite reference standard. FujiLAM test positivity was associated with increased cumulative risk of mortality at 6 months (hazard ratio, 4.80; 95% CI, 3.01-7.64).

Conclusions: FujiLAM offers significantly increased diagnostic sensitivity in comparison to AlereLAM. Specificity estimates for FujiLAM were lower than for AlereLAM but were affected by the limited ability of the reference standard to correctly diagnose tuberculosis in individuals with low CD4 counts.

Citation: 
Bjerrum S, Broger T, Székely R, Mitarai S, Opintan JA, Kenu E, Lartey M, Addo KK, Chikamatsu K, Macé A, Schumacher SG, Moreau E, Shah M, Johansen IS, Denkinger CM. Diagnostic Accuracy of a Novel and Rapid Lipoarabinomannan Test for Diagnosing Tuberculosis Among People With Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 Dec 21;7(1):ofz530. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofz530. PMID: 31976353; PMCID: PMC6966242.