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Year : 1990  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 87-91

Rapid Diagnosis Of Enteric Fever By Coagglutination

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Kishore G Bhat

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The efficacy of coagglutination (COAG) test in the rapid diagnosis of enteric fever was studied in parallel with routine blood culture in 179 patients. Of these, 158 patients were clinically diagnosed as cases of enteric fever and the remaining 21 patients had fever due to etiology of other than enteric fever. The isolation rate of salmonella organisms from blood cultures was very low, only 15 isolates (9.5%) from 158 samples. On the other hand COAG test appeared far more superior showing positive reactions with poly-COAG in 64 samples (40.5%), with 09- COAG and d-COAG being positive in 34 of these samples and with a-COAG in the remaining 30 samples. In 21 samples from non-enteric group, none were positive by blood culture but four were positive with poly-COAG, three of them being positive in 09-COAG and d- COAG and one sample was positive with a-COAG. Thus the COAG test appears to be quite specific and sensitive and can be used as a rapid diagnostic aid in enteric fever.

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