Xpert Mycobacterium tuberculosis/Rifampicin-Detected Rifampicin Resistance is a Suboptimal Surrogate for Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: Diagnostic and Clinical Implications

Bertin C. Bisimwa, Jean B. Nachega, Robin M. Warren, Grant Theron, John Z. Metcalfe, Maunank Shah, Andreas H. Diacon, Nadia A. Sam-Agudu, Marcel Yotebieng, André N.H. Bulabula, Patrick D.M.C. Katoto, Jean Paul Chirambiza, Rosette Nyota, Freddy M. Birembano, Eric M. Musafiri, Sifa Byadunia, Esto Bahizire, Michel K. Kaswa, Steven Callens, Zacharie M. Kashongwe

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Abstract

Background: Rifampicin (RIF) resistance is highly correlated with isoniazid (INH) resistance and used as proxy for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Using MTBDRplus as a comparator, we evaluated the predictive value of Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert)-detected RIF resistance for MDR-TB in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study involving data from new or retreatment pulmonary adult TB cases evaluated between July 2013 and December 2016. Separate, paired sputa for smear microscopy and MTBDRplus were collected. Xpert testing was performed subject to the availability of Xpert cartridges on sample remnants after microscopy. Results: Among 353 patients, 193 (54.7%) were previously treated and 224 (63.5%) were MTBDRplus TB positive. Of the 224, 43 (19.2%) were RIF monoresistant, 11 (4.9%) were INH monoresistant, 53 (23.7%) had MDR-TB, and 117 (52.2%) were RIF and INH susceptible. Overall, among the 96 samples detected by MTBDRplus as RIF resistant, 53 (55.2%) had MDR-TB. Xpert testing was performed in 179 (50.7%) specimens; among these, 163 (91.1%) were TB positive and 73 (44.8%) RIF resistant. Only 45/73 (61.6%) Xpert-identified RIF-resistant isolates had concomitant MTBDRplus-detected INH resistance. Xpert had a sensitivity of 100.0% (95% CI, 92.1-100.0) for detecting RIF resistance but a positive-predictive value of only 61.6% (95% CI, 49.5-72.8) for MDR-TB. The most frequent mutations associated with RIF and INH resistance were S531L and S315T1, respectively. Conclusions: In this high-risk MDR-TB study population, Xpert had low positive-predictive value for the presence of MDR-TB. Comprehensive resistance testing for both INH and RIF should be performed in this setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E362-E370
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2021

Keywords

  • DRC
  • drug resistance
  • GenoType MTBDRplus assay
  • inhA mutations
  • rpoB mutations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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