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Staten Island, New York 10305


In face of the increased rates of tuberculosis in residents of long term care facilities, annual screening for latent tuberculosis is recommended. Tuberculin skin testing using purified protein derivative (PPD) is used for this purpose. Sensitivity of the PPD testing is, however, dependent on a normal T cell function. It is now evident that the immune system undergoes age-associated alteration known as immune senescence. The depressed T-cell responses may clinically manifest as attenuated delayed-type hypersensitivity. This attenuated reaction may affect the sensitivity of the PPD in detection of latent TB in the elderly. This prospective study will examine the utility of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) based assay, T-SPOT.TB, for detection of latent tuberculosis in nursing home patients who are 65 years of age or older.


Inclusion Criteria: - 65 years of age and older - No ulcerating or blistering skin disorder - No previous history of adverse reaction to PPD testing - No blood transfusion within 6 weeks prior to enrollment - If the participant had a PPD placed and read by a public health department representative within the last 6 months, repeat PPD will not be done, but the person may participate in the study - Participant may have been Bacille de Calmette et Guerin (BCG)-vaccinated Exclusion Criteria: - Less than 65 years - Not a resident of a long term care facility - Diagnosis of Tuberculosis - blood transfusion within 6 weeks of enrollment - Prior diagnosis of immune deficiency



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Donna Seminara, MD
Staten Island University Hospital

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Location Contact:

Staten Island, New York 10305
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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