Performance of microscopic observation drug susceptibility for the rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis and detection of drug resistance in Bamako, Mali

M. Sanogo, B. Kone, B. Diarra, M. Maiga, B. Baya, A. M. Somboro, Y. S. Sarro, A. C. G. Togo, B. P. P. Dembele, D. Goita, A. Kone, O. M'Baye, N. Coulibaly, S. Diabate, B. Traore, M. H. Diallo, Y. I. Coulibaly, P. Saleeb, M. Belson, S. OrsegaS. Siddiqui, M. A. Polis, S. Dao, R. L. Murphy, S. Diallo

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Objectives: In Mali early detection and treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis MDR-TB) are still challenging due to the cost, time and/or complexity associated with regular tests. Microscopic Observation Drug Susceptibility MODS) is a low-cost assay validated by WHO in 2010. It is a liquid-culture-based assay to detect the 'cording' characteristic of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and to assess susceptibility to both isoniazid and rifampicin defining multidrug-resistant tuberculosis MDR-TB). In this study we aimed to evaluate the performance of MODS as diagnostic tool compared with a validated methoddMycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube/Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing/Streptomycin, Isoniazid, Rifampicin and Ethambutol MGIT/AST/SIRE).

Methods and Results: Between January 2010 and October 2015 we included 98 patients with suspected TB in an observational cohort study. The sensitivity and specificity of MODS assay for detecting TB were respectively 94.12% and 85.71% compared with the reference MGIT/7H11 culture, with a Cohen k coefficient of 0.78 95% CI 0.517-1.043). The median time to culture positivity for MODS assay and MGIT plus interquartile range, IQR) was respectively 8 days IQR 5-11) and 6 days IQR 5-6). In detecting patients with MDR-TB, the sensitivity and specificity of MODS assay were respectively 100% and 95.92%. The positive predictive value and negative predictive value were, respectively, 66.7% and 100%. The median turnaround times for obtaining MDR-TB results using MODS assay and MGIT/AST/SIRE was respectively 9 days and 35 days. Hence, the MODS assay rapidly identifies MDR-TB in Mali compared with the MGIT/AST/SIRE.

Conclusion: As an easy, simple, fast and affordable method, the MODS assay could significantly improve the management of TB. (C) 2017 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Issue number6
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • 7H11 culture
  • Mali
  • Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube/Antimicrobial Susceptibility
  • Testing/Sterptomycin, Isoniazid, Rifampicin and Ethambutol
  • Microscopic observation and drug susceptibility
  • Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • MODS
  • TB


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