The Role of Rapid Antigen Testing for Influenza in the Era of Molecular Diagnostics

  title={The Role of Rapid Antigen Testing for Influenza in the Era of Molecular Diagnostics},
  author={Dr Suzanne E. Dale},
  journal={Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy},
Rapid antigen testing for influenza has been both maligned and revered since its conception. Microbiologists have long lamented the lack of sensitivity of commercial rapid influenza detection tests (RIDTs), whereas many clinicians have eschewed their utility by emphasizing the value of definitely diagnosing influenza at the patient’s bedside. RIDTs, although quick and easy to perform, are widely accepted as being less sensitive than traditional culture techniques and newer molecular methods… CONTINUE READING

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