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Q. What is GeneXpert test?

Answered by
Dr. Vivek Chail
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 07, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

Is there any MDR-TB test for formalin based tissue? I had biopsy, but they dipped it in formalin. Now I asked for another biopsy for GeneXpert test. What to do?

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Hi,

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  • The GeneXpert test is a molecular test which detects the DNA in TB bacteria (tuberculosis).
  • Formalin treated tissue might have TB bacteria which are dead and do not have viable DNA material. Therefore, repeat biopsy has been suggested.

For further information consult a pathologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/pathologist


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