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Type: Journal article
Title: Evaluation of the Becton Dickinson Directigen test for respiratory syncytial virus in nasopharyngeal aspirates
Author: Kok, T.
Barancek, K.
Burrell, C.
Citation: Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 1990; 28(6):1458-1459
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Issue Date: 1990
ISSN: 0095-1137
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Tuckweng Kok, Kristina Barancek, and Christopher J. Burrell
Abstract: A premarket trial of the Becton Dickinson Directigen respiratory syncytial virus membrane-based enzyme immunoassay compared the test with virus isolation for the detection of respiratory syncytial virus in 583 nasopharyngeal aspirates. After modification, the Directigen test showed a sensitivity of 83% and a specificity of 90%. It offers the potential for an efficient bedside test--without the need for any equipment--for the diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus infection and requires only a 0.25-ml sample volume. However, for optimum reliability, freezing-thawing of samples and access to a confirmatory test were shown to be necessary.
Keywords: Nasopharynx; Cells, Cultured; Animals
Rights: Copyright © 1990, American Society for Microbiology
RMID: 0030009986
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