Cat scratch disease antibodies - serum

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Item Process
Specimen

5-10 mL blood in plain tube; acute and convalescent samples.

Method

EIA.

Application

To establish the diagnosis of cat scratch fever (infection with Bartonella henselae) in patients with a suggestive clinical syndrome.

Interpretation

A rise in titre between acute and convalescent samples supports the clinical diagnosis of cat scratch disease.

If available, PCR detection of the organism in an appropriate biopsy specimen is a more sensitive test.

Reference

Anderson BE and Neuman MA. Clin Microbiol Rev 1997; 10: 203-219.