Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical
On-line version ISSN 1561-3054
RODRIGUEZ, Islay et al. Lepto dipstick: resultados de su aplicación al diagnóstico rápido de la leptospirosis humana. Rev Cubana Med Trop [online]. 2002, vol.54, n.1, pp. 44-47. ISSN 1561-3054.
Forty one serum specimens from critical patients who were suspected of having human leptospirosis were studied by using simultaneously convencional test Lepto-dipstick and serogroup microagglutination test (MAT) with live antigens. Different reactivity levels were reached in 26 tested samples by Lepto-dipstick. This assay and MAT coincided in 85,4% of results. It was confirmed that Lepto-dipstick detects antibodies to various leptospiral serovars and that the degree of intensity of the band staining corresponded with the level of detected antibodies by MAT. The implementation of Lepto-dipstick in the diagnosis of human leptospirosis allows providing a rapid response to the medical staff in charge of the studied cases. This proved that Lepto-dipstick is a rapid method that is easy-to-read and interpret.
Keywords : LEPTOSPIROSIS [diagnosis]; LEPTOS-PIROSIS [microbiology]; AGGLUTINATION TESTS; IGM [immunology]; SEROLOGIC TESTS.