What Is QuantiFERON-TB Gold Blood Test?

Q:
What is QuantiFERON-TB gold blood test?

A:
The QuantiFERON-TB gold blood test is a whole-blood test, which is very important in diagnosing mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection includes latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and tuberculosis disease. The test was approved by FDA in 2005.

The QuantiFERON-TB gold blood test measures active and latent TB infections in adult patients, but TST (tuberculin skin test) is still considered the standard for children.

But the QuantiFERON-TB gold blood test has more advantages over TST, which include improved specificity, less bias, more accuracy, etc.

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