The quantification of hepatitis B (HBV) DNA in serum is critical to identify patients requiring antiviral therapy and to monitor the response to treatment.This study describes the evaluation of the Aptima HBV Quant Dx assay (Aptima HBV) performed on the automated Panther system.Aptima HBV was linear from 1.70 to 7.70 log10 IU/mL with a commercial reference panel, as well as clinical specimens representing genotypes B and C, and total imprecision, as measured by the percentage coefficient of variation (%CV) at 2.0 log10 IU/mL was <10%. The specificity of Aptima HBV was 94.7% (126/133) and 96.6% (84/87) for serum specimens from individuals without HBV exposure and individuals with resolved HBV infection, respectively. The qualitative agreement and quantitative accuracy of Aptima HBV was compared to the COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HBV Test v2.0 (CAP/CTM). Overall agreement was 90.8% (187/206) with a ? statistic of 0.708 (standard error, 0.063; 95% CI, 0.585-0.831). Passing-Bablok regression revealed a regression line of y = 0.953x + 0.075 (95% CI of the slope, 0.883-1.011; intercept, -0.100 to 0.299), and Bland-Altman analysis (Aptima - CAP/CTM) showed a slight negative bias (-0.054 log10 IU/mL, and 95% limits of agreement of -1.093 to 0.984).The Aptima HBV test affords a suitable alternative to CAP/CTM for serum virus load testing and provides a key component of the diagnostic algorithm for the global eradication of viral hepatitis.
View details for DOI 10.1373/jalm.2019.029058
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