92 e-Letters

published between 2008 and 2011

  • The theoretical advantages of the ELISPOT assay based T-SPOT.TB test
    San San Aye

    Dear Editor,

    After carefully reading this article and other related references, weagree that detection of M tuberculosis using interferon gamma release assays (IGRA) is more sensitive and specific than the classic Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) for the detection of Latent TB Infection (LTBI) in patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy. As the authors indicate, there are two commercially available IGRAs, an Enzyme Link...

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  • Colchicine in postsurgical gout: practical implications
    George Iype Varughese

    Dear Editor,

    We applaud Kang et al in their efforts to study the clinical features and risk factors of postsurgical gout [1]. They recommend prophylactic administration of colchicine prior to surgery to prevent postsurgical gout [1]. However, we should not forget that the dose of colchicine in the management of acute gout remains controversial [2-6], and caution should be exercised in deciding the prophylactic dose for s...

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