Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Postgrad Med J. 2000 Feb;76(892):80-4.

Widal agglutination test - 100 years later: still plagued by controversy.

Author information

  • 1Liberty Medical & Research Center, Lagos, Nigeria.

Abstract

We review the significance of the Widal agglutination test in the diagnosis of typhoid fever. Over 100 years since its introduction as a serologic means of detecting the presence of typhoid fever, the Widal test continues to be plagued with controversies involving the quality of the antigens used and interpretation of the result, particularly in endemic areas. Areas of concern with clinical and laboratory significance discussed in this review include: the techniques of test performance, interpretation of results, limitation of the value of the test results in endemic typhoid areas, the quality of the antigens used, and alternative diagnostic tests.

PMID:
10644383
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1741491
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk