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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

Part 2


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PCR for Diagnosis of Ehrlichiosis/Anaplasmosis

Slide 40

July 2010

In fact, PCR is becoming the test of choice for diagnosis of acute ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis using EDTA- or citrate-anticoagulated whole blood. In a thorough review by Dumler and colleagues, the sensitivity of PCR ranges from 60% to 90% and it is the only definitive test for Ehrlichia ewingii at this time, since serologic tests show cross-reactivity between species, and there is no commercially available test.

PCR for Diagnosis of Ehrlichiosis/Anaplasmosis


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