Respiratory syncytial virus antigen
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Nasopharyngeal aspirate or swab.
DFA, EIA, nucleic acid detection after amplification.
Investigation of severe respiratory illness in infants (bronchiolitis, pneumonia, croup), immunocompromised and elderly patients.
Presence of viral antigen indicates respiratory syncytial virus infection.
Falsey AR et al. J Clin Microbiol 2002; 40: 817-820.