An immune dot-blot test for the diagnosis of ocular infection with Chlamydia trachomatis

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We report a new simple non culture technique for the diagnosis of chlamydial eye disease. The immune dot-blot test (IDBT) detects chlamydial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) antigen which, after being trapped on nitrocellulose membrane, is detected by autoradiography with 125I-labelled genus specific monoclonal antibody. This test was evaluated over a two year period in adults and neonates, by comparing it to culture, -serological detection of chlamydial antibodies and clinical features. We demonstrate that the IDBT is more than twice as sensitive as culture, and suggest that in order to achieve a reliable diagnosis of chlamydial eye infection an immunological test for chlamydial antigen should be used in preference to tests which detect the organisms themselves.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991