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|Clinical Questions||Does my patient have syphilis?|
|Approval req'd?||Yes, contact Immunology x3-1712|
|Method||Indirect Fluorescence Assay|
|Container type||CSF tube or sterile collection tube|
|Amount to Collect||See preferred volume|
|Preferred volume||1 mL CSF|
|Min. Volume||0.3 mL CSF|
|Processing notes||Refrigerate. Order test Quest test # 17088X|
|Synonyms||Fluorescent Treponemal Antibody Adsorption|
|Turn around times||Test performed Monday-Friday, turnaround time: 1-4 days|
|Additional information||The VDRL test is the only serological assay which is approved for use in CSF. In patients suspected of neurosyphilis but with a non-reactive VDRL result, the FTA-ABS test may be useful in some cases. The FTA-ABS test has high sensitivity but is nonspecific with a high rate of false positive results in CSF.
Birnbaum NR, Goldschmidt RH and Buffett WO. 1999. Resolving the common clinical dilemmas of syphilis.
Amer. Fam. Physician 59(8):2230-2240, 2245-2246. Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines 2002.
MMWR May 10, 2002, Vol. 51, No. RR-6,Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
|Last Updated||11/21/2013 12:49:43 PM|