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Response to comment on “Pooled analysis of Xpert bladder cancer based on the 5 mRNAs for rapid diagnosis of bladder carcinoma”


This article is a response to “comment on ‘Pooled analysis of Xpert bladder cancer based on the 5 mRNAs for rapid diagnosis of bladder carcinoma’” by Gopal Sharma. With this comment, author highlighted the strengths and limitations of the study. With this response, we respond to this and make a comparison of the results and conclusions.

We thank Gopal Sharma for his interest and insightful comments [1] on our published work [2]. The article seeks to make a pooled analysis of Xpert bladder cancer (Xpert BC) based on the five mRNAs for rapid diagnosis of bladder carcinoma, compared with cystoscopy and/or biopsy. In terms of clinical application prospects, Xpert BC is supposed to be used for tumor recurrences and the screening of patients with hematuria. Therefore, samples of hematuria patients were included in this study. However, due to the small number of hematuria patients, the study mainly included the patients with bladder cancer on follow-up. Consequently, the conclusion is more suitable for the follow-up of bladder cancer patients. We agree that Gopal Sharma’s suggestions are reasonable and find that Sharma et al. also pool the data regarding the diagnostic performance of Xpert BC in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) [3]. The data of hematuria patients in the studies of Valenberg et al. [4] and Wallace et al. [5] were excluded, and 5 more articles from the updated literature search were added by Sharma et al.

The pooled sensitivity and specificity of Xpert BC in the diagnosis of bladder cancer were 0.71 and 0.81 in our research, which is little different from the sensitivity (0.73) and specificity (0.77) of Sharma et al. All articles used cystoscopy and/or biopsy as the gold standard, and the included studies did not get enough data for subgroup analysis of the gold standard, which is consistent with Sharma et al. Besides, our conclusions on the diagnostic performance of Xpert BC in follow-up patients are consistent with Sharma et al.; Xpert BC has acceptable diagnostic accuracy in monitoring patients with NMIBC. And the diagnostic accuracy of high-grade tumors was higher than that of low-grade tumors in subgroup analysis.

Our research still has limitations caused by factors such as heterogeneity. More studies in the future are supposed to contribute to subgroup analysis and heterogeneity resolution.

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Xpert bladder cancer


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YFX and YLL were involved in the writing and editing of the article. The article was revised by XGG. The authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Xie, YF., Liu, YL. & Guo, XG. Response to comment on “Pooled analysis of Xpert bladder cancer based on the 5 mRNAs for rapid diagnosis of bladder carcinoma”. World J Surg Onc 20, 306 (2022).

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