Fasciola hepatica antibodies - serum

Last updated: Thursday, 15, April, 2004

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Item Process
Specimen

5-10 mL blood in plain tube.

Method

Immunoassay.

Application

To support the diagnosis of Fasciola hepatica infection, when suggested by findings at surgery or in conjunction with ova passed in stool.

See Faeces - ova, cysts and parasites.

Interpretation

A positive result for Fasciola hepatica antibodies indicates that infection has occurred at some time past or is still present.

False positive and negative results are not uncommon.

Reference

O’Neill SM et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 1999; 60: 749-751.