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Impact of technical training on rapid antigen detection tests (RADT) in group A streptococcal tonsillopharyngitis.
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PMID:  23207649     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Rapid antigen detection tests (RADT) are widely used for the rapid diagnosis of group A streptococcal (GAS) tonsillopharyngitis. In a prospective 3-year study, the reliability of two different RADT methods was compared, as performed by lab technicians versus physicians. Sensitivity and specificity, as well as positive and negative predictive values, were calculated. When performed by physicians, the results (44.4 %, 8.3 %, 26.7 % and 16.7 %) of a latex agglutination test (LAT) were unacceptably low. However, after switching to a lateral-flow immunoassay (LFIT) and implementing additional hands-on training, the performance improved dramatically (100 %, 92.6 %, 84.6 % and 100 %). In conclusion, technical errors, along with a lack of experience and expertise, negatively impact RADT accuracy.
N Toepfner; P Henneke; R Berner; M Hufnagel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical microbiology & infectious diseases : official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1435-4373     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804297     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Clinic and Polyclinic for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Technical University Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
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