The Role of MGIT 960 Culture Medium in Resolving the Diagnostic Dilemma for Genital Tuberculosis Patients Presenting with Infertility

  • Nidhi Jindal
  • Shalini Gainder
  • Lakhbir Kaur Dhaliwal
  • Sunil Sethi
Original Article



The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) 960 culture medium for the diagnosis of genital tuberculosis (GTB) in women presenting with infertility.


The premenstrual endometrial biopsy samples in 300 women presenting with primary and secondary infertility were subjected to AFB smear method, histopathological examination and culture on LJ and MGIT 960 media. Detection rates were compared for diagnostic modalities and their combinations.


In total, 30 cases were positive for genital tuberculosis by either of the four tests employed. The detection rates for AFB smear, MGIT culture, LJ culture and HPE were 50, 46.7, 3.3 and 33.3%, respectively. A combination of smear examination for AFB, MGIT 960 culture and histopathological examination was able to detect all the positive cases. A combination of MGIT and LJ media provided no added advantage over MGIT alone since the only case where LJ culture was positive had been detected by positive MGIT culture. In as many as five positive cases (16.7%), only MGIT culture was positive.


The addition of MGIT 960 culture medium to routine battery of investigations in infertility patients significantly improves the diagnosis.


Genital tuberculosis Infertility Culture MGIT 960 Diagnosis 


Authors’ Contributions

Study was conceptualized and designed by LKD and SS. The data were collected, analyzed and interpreted by NJ and SG. The drafting of the manuscript was done by NJ.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nidhi Jindal
    • 1
  • Shalini Gainder
    • 2
  • Lakhbir Kaur Dhaliwal
    • 2
  • Sunil Sethi
    • 3
  1. 1.Mahatma Gandhi Medical Services ComplexKhaneri, Rampur, District ShimlaIndia
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyPost Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  3. 3.Department of MicrobiologyPost Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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