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Diagnostic predictive value of Xpert Bladder Cancer Monitor in the follow-up of patients affected by non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
  1. Carolina D´Elia1,
  2. Alexander Pycha2,
  3. Decio M Folchini3,
  4. Christine Mian4,
  5. Esther Hanspeter4,
  6. Christine Schwienbacher4,
  7. Egils Vjaters3,
  8. Armin Pycha1,5,
  9. Emanuela Trenti1
  1. 1 Department of Urology, Central Hospital of Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
  2. 2 Department of Urology, Luzerner Kantonsspital, Lucerne, Switzerland
  3. 3 Department of Urology, Riga Stradins University Hospital, Riga, Latvia
  4. 4 Department of Pathology, Central Hospital of Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
  5. 5 Sigmund Freud Private University, Medical School, Vienna, Austria
  1. Correspondence to Carolina D´Elia, Department of Urology, Bolzano General Hospital, Bolzano 39100, Italy; karolinedelia{at}


Aims Cystoscopy and urine cytology represent the gold standard for monitoring superficial bladder cancer (BC). Xpert BC Monitor is a new urinary marker based on the evaluation of five target mRNAs overexpressed in patients with bladder cancer. The aim of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of Xpert BC Monitor in follow-up of patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).

Methods 230 patients were included in this prospective study. Xpert BC Monitor cut-off was set to 0.5. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) of cytology, Xpert BC Monitor and their combination were calculated and compared with cystoscopy/histology.

Results 52/230 patients showed a NMIBC recurrence, 45 low grade (LG) and 7 high grade (HG). Overall sensitivity was 11.5% for cytology, 46.2% for Xpert BC Monitor and 48.1% for the two tests combined. Sensitivity of cytology increased from 4.4% in LG to 57.1% in HG tumours whereas for the Xpert BC Monitor it was 40% in LG and 85.7% in HG tumours. Combined cytology and Xpert BC Monitor yielded an overall sensitivity of 42% for LG and 85.7% for HG. Overall specificity was 97.2% for cytology, 77% for Xpert BC Monitor and 75.8% for the two tests.

Conclusions Sensitivity for the Xpert BC Monitor Test was significantly higher than for cytology. The test performed very well in terms of specificity but could not reach the value of cytology, while PPV and NPV performed approximately the same for both tests.

  • bladder cancer
  • cytology
  • follow up
  • non muscle invasive
  • urinary marker

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  • Handling editor Runjan Chetty.

  • Contributors Conception and design: CM, AP. Acquisition of data: CM, CS, CD´E, ET, EH. Analysis and interpretation of data: CM, CS, AP, CD´E. Drafting of the manuscript: CD´E, AP, CM, DMF. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: AP, EH, ET. Statistical analysis: CD´E. Supervision: AP, EV.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Comitato Etico dell' Azienda Ospedaliera dell'Alto Adige.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement Requests for access to data should be addressed to the corresponding author or to the data custodian.

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