Comparative analysis of 2 commercial molecular tests for the detection of gastroenteric viruses on stool samples

I. Sciandra, L. Piccioni, L. Coltella, S. Ranno, G. Giannelli, F. Falasca, G. Antonelli, C. Concato, O. Turriziani

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Objective: Our purpose was to compare the performance of 2 recently introduced molecular tests for the identification of gastrointestinal viral infections. Methods: One hundred fecal samples from pediatric patients were analyzed using 2 workflows, each including nucleic acids extraction and multiplex Real-Time PCR: Allplex™ GI-Virus Assay and FTD Viral gastroenteritis. The agreement was evaluated calculating Cohen's kappa and applying McNemar's test. Results and conclusion: Allplex and FTD assays showed 100% overall agreement for Norovirus GI/GII and Sapovirus (κ: 1.00), and 99% for Astrovirus (κ: 0.66). A lower agreement was detected for Adenovirus (89%; κ: 0.72) and Rotavirus (91%, k: 0.53), owing to samples resulted positive only with FTD test. The discrepancies were attributed to a different efficiency of extraction/amplification and to the different Adenovirus serotype specificity of the tests since Allplex detects only AdVF40 and AdVF41. FTD test should be used when non enteric adenovirus could have a clinical significance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114893
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • Enteric viruses
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Molecular diagnostic
  • Multiplex real-time PCR
  • Syndromic testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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