Journal Article

A Positive Enzyme-Linked Immunoelectrotransfer Blot Assay Result for a Patient without Evidence of Cysticercosis

Erna M. Kojic and A. Clinton White

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 1, pages e7-e9
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/344445
A Positive Enzyme-Linked Immunoelectrotransfer Blot Assay Result for a Patient without Evidence of Cysticercosis

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The enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (EITB) has been considered diagnostic of cysticercosis when the results are positive. We describe a patient with a single band at 50 kDa on EITB and neuroimaging abnormalities suggestive of neurocysticercosis but no evidence of exposure to Taenium solium. Autopsy findings excluded neurocysticercosis. We suggest that a single band at 50 kDa on an EITB be considered an equivocal finding rather than diagnostic of cysticercosis.

Journal Article.  1560 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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