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Ante-mortem diagnosis of human rabies by the skin biopsy technique: three case reports from Zimbabwe.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7585915     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three cases of human rabies were diagnosed antemortem by the skin biopsy technique. The skin biopsies were taken from the nape of the neck and processed by cryosectioning and staining using the direct fluorescent antibody test (FAT). Rabies antigen was demonstrated in the network of nerve fibres surrounding the hair follicles. As the skin biopsy technique is relatively simple and cheap to perform it could be a practical technique for use in African countries, where it is not routinely used in the diagnosis of rabies in humans.
J Bingham; P Mlambo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Central African journal of medicine     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0008-9176     ISO Abbreviation:  Cent Afr J Med     Publication Date:  1995 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-12-07     Completed Date:  1995-12-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372566     Medline TA:  Cent Afr J Med     Country:  ZIMBABWE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  258-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Veterinary Research Laboratory, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy / methods
Fatal Outcome
Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Direct
Rabies / pathology*
Sensitivity and Specificity
Skin / virology*

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