Serological tests for treponemal infection in leprosy patients. An evaluation of the fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA--ABS) test.

@article{Garner1969SerologicalTF,
  title={Serological tests for treponemal infection in leprosy patients. An evaluation of the fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA--ABS) test.},
  author={M F Garner and Josephine L Backhouse and C. A. Collins and P J Roeder},
  journal={The British journal of venereal diseases},
  year={1969},
  volume={45 1},
  pages={19-22}
}
Much has been written about the biological false positive (BFP) reaction demonstrated by reagin tests applied to sera from patients suffering from leprosy. It is well known that a BFP reaction is in all but a very small minority of cases proved or disproved by recourse to specific tests for treponemal infection, i.e. the Treponema pallidum immobilization (TPI) test and/or the fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) test The FTA-ABS test is not as specific as the TPI test and… CONTINUE READING