Diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis: ultrasound imaging or countercurrent immunoelectrophoresis?
AbstractCystic echinococcosis is a major zoonotic diseases in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This study was carried out in 3 general hospitals in Shiraz. We examined the records of all 1227 surgical patients with a surgically-proven diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis for the 20-year period 1978-98. The results of countercurrent immunoelectrophoresis were compared with pathology and ultrasound reports to determine whether serological tests could be helpful for diagnosis. Countercurrent immunoelectrophoresis could detect only 62.0% of cases, whereas the pathology and ultrasound results were positive for 96.3% of cases. This study confirms the usefulness of ultrasound and suggests that only in doubtful cases would countercurrent immunoelectrophoresis be useful for diagnosing cystic echinococcosis
Sadjjadi, S.M., Ardehali, S., Noman Pour, B., Kumar, V. & Izadpanah, A. (2001). Diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis: ultrasound imaging or countercurrent immunoelectrophoresis?. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119107
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 7 (6), 907-911, 2001
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