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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1984;78(5):593-5.

Use of the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detection of Entamoeba histolytica antigen in faecal samples.


A promising new ELISA method developed by Root et al. to diagnose amoebiasis by the detection of Entamoeba histolytica coproantigen was tested in Mexico City and was reported to be more than twice as sensitive as microscopy. In this study the same procedure was compared to microscopy for paired specimens from 107 patients in San Francisco. Microscopy was more than twice as sensitive as ELISA: of 12 specimens positive by microscopy only 5 were also positive by ELISA. The ELISA did not detect a single specimen not detected by microscopy. Over-all, there was a 93% agreement between the two tests: 5% were positive and 89% negative by both tests. Possible reasons for the differences in the San Francisco and Mexican City findings are discussed.

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