Serologic Testing for Syphilis
Influencing Test Utilization: The Clinical Laboratory's Expanding Role
This is the first in a series of Hot Topics that will focus on improving test utilization: both decreasing unnecessary test orders and increasing appropriate test orders. The knowledge gained can be used by the laboratory and shared with physicians to ensure that the correct test is ordered for the correct patient, that the best test methodologies are utilized, and that accuracy and quality remain at the excellent level, ensuring the best medical care.
Syphilis is a disease caused by infection with the spirochete Treponema pallidum and serologic techniques play a major role in the diagnosis and follow-up of this disease. Dr. Matthew Binnicker explains the serological testing algorithms and interpretation for syphilis.
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