Khady Diouf

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Publications (5)4.68 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Background Currently there are no guidelines regarding optimal screening for latent tuberculosis infection during pregnancy. Objective This study measures completion rates and the concordance between the TSPOT.TB, a commercially available interferon gamma release assay (IGRA), and the traditional tuberculin skin test (TST) in a predominantly urban minority obstetrics practice. Design This is an observational cohort study of 141 pregnant women enrolled from an obstetrics practice with a large immigrant population. Women with a history of a positive TST result were excluded. Demographic and clinical risk factors for tuberculosis were assessed. Enrolled women underwent a T-SPOT.TB test and placement of TST, and returned in 48–72 h for TST interpretation. We calculated the completion rate and frequency of a positive result for each test, as well as the concordance between the T-SPOT.TB and TST. Results Among the 141 women enrolled, 75 % were either Latina or African-American, 44 % were born in a country with a high TB prevalence, and 52 % had received the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine. Seven women (5 %) had a positive screening test, a total of 3 positive T-SPOT.TB results and 6 positive TST results, and all were from countries with a high TB prevalence. The concordance of the two tests was 96.3 %. The completion rate for the T-SPOT.TB was 98 %, while the completion rate for the TST was 63 %. Conclusion: The IGRA test had a markedly higher completion rate in addition to maintaining high concordance with the two-step TST in this population of pregnant women with a high prevalence of prior TB exposure. Targeted screening of women from countries with a high prevalence of tuberculosis may be warranted during prenatal care.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Maternal and Child Health Journal
  • Rose L Molina · Khady Diouf · Nawal M Nour
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    ABSTRACT: Tuberculosis (TB) infection poses substantial challenges for obstetricians and gynecologists globally, as gynecologic involvement may cause infertility, irregular bleeding, and pelvic pain. If TB-infected women are able to conceive, obstetric complications include intrauterine growth restriction and, more rarely, congenital transmission. Appropriate screening for high-risk populations is crucial for diagnosis and treatment of latent and active TB infection, which may prevent reproductive sequelae for individual patients and, eventually, contribute to complete eradication of the disease.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2013 · Reviews in obstetrics and gynecology
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    Khady Diouf · Nawal Nour
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    ABSTRACT: Female Genital Cutting (FGC) refers to the practice of surgically removing all or part of the female external genitalia for non-medical purposes. It is a common practice in many countries in Africa, the Middle East, and to a lesser extent, Asia. Over 130 million women worldwide have undergone this procedure, and over 2 million women and girls are subject to it every year. Various complications have been described, including infection, hemorrhage, genitourinary and obstetric complications, as well as psychological sequelae. Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, a few reports have also described a potentially elevated risk of HIV transmission among women with FGC. In this report, we aim to review the evidence and identify unanswered questions and research gaps regarding a potential association between FGC and HIV transmission.
    Preview · Article · Oct 2012 · American Journal Of Reproductive Immunology
  • Sharon Owusu-Darko · Khady Diouf · Nawal M Nour
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    ABSTRACT: Tetanus is an acute disease manifested by motor system and autonomic nervous system instability. Maternal and neonatal tetanus occur where deliveries are performed under unsanitary circumstances and unhygienic umbilical cord practices are prevalent. Neonatal tetanus is almost always fatal in the absence of medical care. These deaths can be prevented with changes in traditional obstetrical practices and maternal immunization. This situation led to the development of the Maternal and Neonatal Elimination Initiative by the World Health Organization. Using a three-pronged approach, tetanus can be eliminated via promotion of hygienic practices during delivery, maternal and childhood immunization, and close surveillance.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2012 · Reviews in obstetrics and gynecology
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    Jessica Opoku-Anane · Khady Diouf · Nawal M Nour
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    ABSTRACT: Women who cannot negotiate condom use with their partners, often due to socioeconomic factors and sexual abuse, have no means of preventing themselves from acquiring the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). There is a need to develop HIV-preventive methods initiated and controlled by women. Microbicides and other pre-exposure prophylaxis may help fill that need. Although two decades of research on broad-spectrum microbicides have generally been disappointing, recent trials with HIV-specific agents have yielded promising initial results. A new era of clinical research involves novel biochemical prevention methods, including HIV-specific vaginal microbicides and oral antiretroviral chemoprophylaxis drugs (pre-exposure prophylaxis; PrEP) that may help provide more control for women.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2012 · Reviews in obstetrics and gynecology

Publication Stats

13 Citations
4.68 Total Impact Points


  • 2012-2013
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
      • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • Brigham and Women's Hospital
      • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States