Cat scratch disease Ab

Keywords: Cat scratch disease antibody

Specimen:

5-10 mL blood in plain tube; acute and convalescent samples.

Method:

EIA.

Application:

To establish the diagnosis of cat scratch fever (infection with Bartonella henselae) in patients with a suggestive clinical syndrome.

Interpretation:

A rise in titre between acute and convalescent samples supports the clinical diagnosis of cat scratch disease.

If available, PCR detection of the organism in an appropriate biopsy specimen is a more sensitive test.

Reference:

Anderson BE and Neuman MA. Clin Microbiol Rev 1997; 10: 203-219.