Comparison of the OptiMAL test with PCR for diagnosis of malaria in immigrants.

@article{Iqbal1999ComparisonOT,
  title={Comparison of the OptiMAL test with PCR for diagnosis of malaria in immigrants.},
  author={Jamshaid Iqbal and Ali Sher and Parsotam Ravjee Hira and R A Al-Owaish},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={1999},
  volume={37 11},
  pages={3644-6}
}
The OptiMAL test (Flow Inc., Portland, Oreg.), which detects a malaria parasite lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH) antigen, has not been evaluated for its sensitivity in the diagnosis of malaria infection in various epidemiological settings. Using microscopy and a PCR as reference standards, we performed a comparison of these assays with the OptiMAL test for the detection of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax infection in 550 immigrants who had come from areas where malaria is endemic to… CONTINUE READING