Journal Article

Evaluation of the Positive Predictive Value of Rapid Assays Used by Clinical Laboratories in Minnesota for the Diagnosis of Cryptosporidiosis

Trisha J. Robinson, Elizabeth A. Cebelinski, Charlott Taylor and Kirk E. Smith

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 50, issue 8, pages e53-e55
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/651423
Evaluation of the Positive Predictive Value of Rapid Assays Used by Clinical Laboratories in Minnesota for the Diagnosis of Cryptosporidiosis

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We evaluated the positive predictive value (PPV) of rapid assays used by clinical laboratories in Minnesota to diagnose cryptosporidiosis. The overall PPV was 56% for rapid assays versus 97% for nonrapid assays; clinicians and laboratorians need to be aware of the low PPV of rapid assays when diagnosing cryptosporidiosis.

Journal Article.  1589 words.  Illustrated.

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

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