Wassermann reaction

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Formerly, the most commonly used test for the diagnosis of syphilis. A sample of the patient’s blood is examined, using a complement-fixation reaction, for the presence of antibodies to the organism Treponema pallidum. A positive reaction (WR+) indicates the presence of antibodies and therefore infection with syphilis. A. P. von Wassermann (1866–1925), German bacteriologist

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