dr Ankit Parakh
Pediatric Pulmonologist
BLK Super Speciality Hospital
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  • IGRA and Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) both suggest TB infection and hence provide nearly the same information.
  • Neither IGRA or TST can accurately predict risk of infected individuals developing active TB disease. Also neither can be used for diagnosis of active TB disease.
  • Sensitivity of IGRAs not better than TST. In addition they are more costly and technically complex. There is limited data on use of IGRA in children below 5years of age.
  • Hence it is recommended by the WHO and RNTCP that we continue to use TST.

Posted On: 17/10/2018

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