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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-83

Faecal lactoferrin latex agglutination assay for clostridium difficile associated intestinal disease


Division of Gastroenterology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160 012

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C Vaishnavi
Division of Gastroenterology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160 012

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ABSTRACT: Faecal lactoferrin latex agglutination (FLLA) titres were evaluated on samples submitted for C. difficile toxin assay. Of 206 stool supernatants tested, 43 (20.9 percent) samples were positive by the FLLA and 20/43 (45 percent) were also positive for C. difficile (CD) toxin assay. There were also 24.206 (11.6 percent) samples that were CD toxin positive but negative for FLLA test. These probably represented transient (CD) carriers. FLLA appears to be an useful adjunct to diagnostic tests for C. difficile associated intestinal disease, provided the age, clinical history and antibiotic exposure are taken into account.






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