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|Title:||Evaluation of the Becton Dickinson Directigen test for respiratory syncytial virus in nasopharyngeal aspirates|
|Citation:||Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 1990; 28(6):1458-1459|
|Publisher:||American Society for Microbiology|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine publications|
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