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Arq Bras Oftalmol. 2007 May-Jun;70(3):441-4.

[Adenovirus conjunctivitis diagnosis using RPS Adenodetector].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Departamento de Oftalmologia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.



To evaluate the RPS Adenodetector, a rapid immunochromatographic test, in the diagnosis of patients with clinical overt adenoviral conjunctivitis.


Consecutive case series. Patients underwent conjunctiva scraping for RPS Adenodetector test and culture to identify adenovirus.


A total of 11 patients were studied, and 10 had unilateral disease. Five (45.5%) had symptoms for 2 days, 5 for three days, and 1 for 7 days. Adenovirus culture was positive in 8 patients (73%) and RPS Adenodetector was positive in 9 (82%) patients. Eight patients had adenovirus identification by both methods. In one patient the RPS Adenodetector was positive in contrast to a negative culture. The two patients revealing negative RPS Adenodetector results also had negative cultures. The sensitivity was 100% and the specificity was 67%.


The RPS Adenodetector is a useful tool in the rapid diagnosis of adenovirus conjunctivitis and may contribute to the spread control of this highly contagious disease.

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