Taenia solium antibodies - serum
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5-10 mL blood in plain tube.
To support the diagnosis of cysticercosis when suggested by clinical findings and imaging studies.
A positive index indicates prior exposure to Taerua solium, although patients with other helminthic infections may have cross-reacting antibodies.
The sensitivity of the test is high for patients with multiple cysts, but as low as 30% for patients with single cysts.
Garcia HH et al. Lancet 2003; 361: 547-556.