The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 86, Issue 12, pp 1089–1093 | Cite as

The Utility of CSF Xpert MTB/RIF in Diagnosis of Tubercular Meningitis in Children

  • Jyothy A.
  • Vinod H. RatageriEmail author
  • Shivanand Illalu
  • S. R. Fattepur
  • P. K. Wari
Original Article



To determine the utility of CSF Xpert MTB/RIF (GeneXpert) in diagnosis of tubercular meningitis in children in the age group of 2 mo to 12 y.


This hospital based prospective observational study was conducted at Department of Pediatrics, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubli from December 2015 through November 2016. All children with clinically suspected tuberculous meningitis (TBM) were included in the study. These children underwent a detailed history taking, clinical examination, blood investigations, lumbar puncture and CT brain. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples were sent for CSF GeneXpert examination. Statistical analysis was done using IBM SPSS Statistics Version 20.


A total of 28 children were enrolled in the study. Six (21.4%), 4 (14.3%) and 18 (64.3%) cases were definite, probable and possible TBM cases respectively. Most common age group affected was <5 y (83.33%) with median age 2.5 y (IQR 4.875). Male:female ratio was 1.5:1. CSF GeneXpert was tested positive in 6 cases (21.4%). The sensitivity of the test against the clinical scoring (>/=10) was 46.15% (95% CI, 19.22–74.87) and specificity was 100% (95% CI, 78.20–100). There was a significant association between CSF GeneXpert and Mantoux test (P = 0.002), CSF cell type >50% lymphocytes (P = 0.005) and CSF protein >100 mg/dl (P = 0.025) along with CT hydrocephalus (P = 0.021), granuloma (P = 0.009) and basal exudates (P = 0.025). None of the cases were tested smear positive for acid-fast bacilli (AFB).


CSF GeneXpert is superior to smear for AFB in TBM.


CSF Xpert MTB/RIF TBM Clinical score Children 



The authors thank the Director, Principal and Medical Superintendent, KIMS, Hubli.

Authors’ Contribution

JA: Designed the study, collected the materials and wrote the manuscript; VHR: Helped in designing the study, writing the manuscript; SRF and SI: Reviewed the literature and helped in managing the cases; PKW: Reviewed the literature and helped in manuscript writing. VHR is the guarantor for this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsKarnataka Institute of Medical SciencesHubliIndia

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