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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2000 Jun;19(6):485-7.

Evaluation of four enzyme immunoassays for the detection of Giardia lamblia antigen in stool specimens.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, St. Elisabeth Hospital, Tilburg, The Netherlands. bmarah@elisabeth.nl

Abstract

Four enzyme immunoassays for the detection of Giardia lamblia antigen in stool specimens were evaluated: the ProSpecT Giardia Microplate Assay (Alexon, USA), the Giardia CELISA (Cellabs, Australia), the DSL-Giardia-ELISA (DSL. Germany), and the Melotest Giardiasis Ag (Melotec, Spain). Microscopic examination and enzyme immunoassays were performed on 168 stool specimens collected from 168 patients suspected to have giardiasis. All assays were easy to perform. The ProSpecT Giardia assay had the highest sensitivity of the assays evaluated (91%), and its interpretation was the easiest. The sensitivity of the three other assays ranged from 63 to 81%. The ProSpecT Giardia assay can be useful to detect Giardia lamblia and may replace microscopic examination in areas of high endemicity.

PMID:
10947229
DOI:
10.1007/s100960000286
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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