Detection of circulating E/S antigens in the sera of patients with fascioliasis by IELISA: a tool of serodiagnosis and assessment of cure

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An IELISA was developed to evaluate the performance of Fasciola E/S antigens in diagnosis and cure assessment of human Fasciola infection. Twenty patients with acute (prepatent) fascioliasis and another 20 with patent infection were enrolled in the study. Patients were treated with TCZ and followed at 1, 3 and 6 months after therapy. At inspection, the sensitivity of the test to diagnose prepatent cases was 100% compared to 70% for patent infections. There was a gradual decrease of antigenaemia over the follow-up period in acute cases. In chronic cases antigen disappeared from 13 cases (65%) at 1 month; this proportion did not change at 3 or 6 months.

Keywords: E/S antigens; Human fascioliasis; IELISA

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Parasitology, Medical Research Institute, University of Alexandria, Egypt 2: Department of Immunology, Medical Research Institute, University of Alexandria, Egypt 3: Department of Tropical Health, High Institute of Public Health, University of Alexandria, Egypt 4: Department of Biochemistry, Medical Research Institute, University of Alexandria, Egypt

Publication date: October 1, 1999

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