Risk of underdiagnosing amebic dysentery due to false-negative Entamoeba histolytica antigen detection

Núria Prim, Pilar Escamilla, Roser Solé, Teresa Llovet, Germán Soriano, Carmen Muñoz

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Abstract

Entamoeba histolytica antigen assays on stool are widely used to diagnose amebiasis. We report a case of confirmed amebic colitis with a false-negative antigen detection that became positive after treatment. Our results indicate that these assays may underdiagnose acute amebic infection when used alone and should be used cautiously. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-373
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Antigen detection
  • Diagnostics
  • Entamoeba histolytica

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