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Serologic Testing for Syphilis


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March 2011

Welcome to Mayo Medical Laboratories' Hot Topics. These presentations provide short discussions of current topics and may be helpful to you in your practice.

Our presenter for this program is Dr. Matthew Binnicker from the Division of Clinical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Binnicker will discuss serologic testing for the diagnosis of syphilis. He explains the syphilis testing algorithms and interpretation of results.

Thanks Sharon, and thanks to all of the viewers who have joined me today for this video hot topic. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the laboratory methods used to assist in the diagnosis of syphilis, with an emphasis on how serology should be used and interpreted in cases of suspected syphilis infection. I should preface our discussion by highlighting that the diagnosis of syphilis can be extremely challenging, and unfortunately, each of the current laboratory methods and testing algorithms have significant limitations. So it’s very important to have a solid understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various tests and algorithms so that an accurate interpretation can be made.



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