​Recent approaches for the diagnosis of respiratory tract infections


Advances have been made how diagnosis of a respiratory infection is made. Xpert MTB/RIF & Line Probe Assay (LiPA) for TB diagnosis, beta-D glucan & galactomannan for diagnosis/monitoring of fungal infections and other real time PCRs complement conventional culture based techniques. However, laboratory perspective is essential for efficient utilization and interpretation of these newer diagnostic modalities. Rapidity of diagnosis especially TB by Xpert MTB/RIF & LiPA also influence infection control practices in a healthcare facility.​

Date and Time: Friday, November 3, 2017 | 2:00-5:30 pm

Venue: PBL Room, Ground Floor, CIME

Director and Co-Director:​​

Dr Imran Ahmed (Senior Instructor, Section of Microbiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)

Dr Seema Irfan (Associate Professor, Section of Microbiology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)


To enable the participants to:

  • identify the utility of conventional and molecular microbiological testing for diagnosis of respiratory infections
  • effectively utilize microbiological tests for management of their patients including infection control
  • Recognize the limitations of new and rapid TB diagnostic tests
  • improve communication between clinicians and clinical microbiologists​


  • Xpert and LiPA​
  • Real time PCR tests (e.g. Biofire respiratory panel)
  • Beta-D glucan & Galactomannan
  • Culture based techniques
  • Cases & problem solving
  • Interactive case discussion

Who Should Attend?: 

Medical officers / Interns / Residents and Fellows of Medicine, Pulmonology, Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


Note: CME credits will be available

Workshop registration deadline: October 31, 2017

Limited seats available. Seats for workshops will be filled on a first come first serve basis​

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