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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Immunodiagnosis of Strongyloides stercoralis infections in Chile using an ELISA test
Author: Mercado, R
Jercic, MI
Torres, P
Alcayaga, S
de Paula, FM
Costa-Cruz, JM
Ueta, MT
Abstract: Background: Strongyloides stercoralis is a world wide distributed small intestinal nematode parasite. lit immunocompetent individuals S stercoralis can produce asymptomatic infections or a moderate clinical picture of diarrhea, some cases become chronic. In immunocompromised patients, a disseminated disease may appear sometimes fatal. In Chile, there is little epidemiological information about S stercoralis infections and appropriate diagnostic techniques are usually not used. Aim: To evaluate the yield of an ELISA test for the diagnosis of strongyloidiasis Chilean patients. Material and methods: Ten serum samples from patients with S stercoralis infections confirmed by a positive stool examination, 66 samples from individuals with other infections by tissue helminthes (24 toxocariasis, 15 trichinellosis, 11 hydatidosis, 12 fascioliasis and 4 cysticercosis), 13 samples from subjects with autoimmune disease and 49 samples from apparently individuals; with a normal eosinophil count, were studied. ELISA antigen was prepare using a filariform larval extract obtained from a murine species of Strongyloides, maintained in laboratory animals. Results: Using 0.33 optical density units is a cut off value, 9 of 10 sera of S stercoralis infected individuals, had a positive ELISA test. No cross reactions were observed with sera of patients with other helminthic infections, autoimmune diseases or in healthy individuals. Thus, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were 100%. Conclusions: The results obtained are similar with those found by other investigators. ELISA test for strongyloidiasis is a useful tool for the diagnosis of clinical cases and for seroepidemiological studies of this nematode infection in Chile.
Subject: enzyme linked immunosorbent assay
nematode infections
Stronglyoides stercoralis
Country: Chile
Editor: Soc Medica Santiago
Citation: Revista Medica De Chile. Soc Medica Santiago, v. 130, n. 12, n. 1358, n. 1364, 2002.
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 2002
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