FTA-ABS test


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Related to FTA-ABS test: VDRL test, treponemal antibody

fluorescent

 [floo͡-res´ent]
pertaining to or characterized by fluorescence.
fluorescent antibody test a test for the distribution of cells expressing a specific protein by binding antibody specific for the protein and detecting complexes by fluorescent labeling of the antibody. Called also FAB test.
fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test the standard treponemal antigen test for syphilis: Nonspecific antibodies are removed from patient serum, which is then reacted with Treponema pallidum fixed to a glass slide. Specific antibodies adhering to the treponemes are demonstrated with fluorescein-labeled antihuman globulin. Positive tests are seen in about 85 per cent of cases of primary syphilis, 100 per cent in secondary syphilis, and 98 per cent in late syphilis. The test remains positive for life even after syphilis has been successfully treated. Called also FTA-ABS test.

fluor·es·cent trep·o·ne·mal an·ti·bod·y-ab·sorp·tion test

a sensitive and specific serologic test for syphilis using a suspension of the Nichols strain of Treponema pallidum as antigen; the presence or absence of antibody in the patient's serum is indicated by an indirect fluorescent antibody technique.
Synonym(s): FTA-ABS test

FTA-ABS test

FTA-ABS test

The fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorbed test. This is a sensitive test for SYPHILIS which it can demonstrate even if the disease is latent.
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Laboratory Results IHC Results 1 RPR test nonreactive Positive FTA-ABS test reactive Tpallidum qualitative real-time PCR positive HIV test positive 2 RPR test reactive Positive FTA-ABS test reactive HIV test unknown 3 RPR test reactive Positive TP-PA test reactive HIV test unknown 4 RPR test reactive Positive Syphilis treponemal antibody positive HIV test positive Abbreviations: FTA-ABS, fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption; HIV, human immunodeficiency virus;IHC, immunohistochemistry; MSM, men who have sex with men; PCR, polymerase chain reaction; RPR, rapid plasma reagin; TP-PA, Treponema pallidum particle agglutination.
paragraph][paragraph]) FTA-ABS test was used as the confirmatory treponemal test.
To evaluate reverse sequence screening in populations with high and low syphilis prevalence and to evaluate the use of TP-PA and FTA-ABS tests for identifying false-positive EIA/CIA screening tests, CDC analyzed syphilis screening data from five clinical laboratories.
those with negative nontreponemal test results), and 3) nonreactive confirmatory TP-PA or FTA-ABS tests among discordant sera.
Among the many serologic tests available, the RPR test and FTA-ABS test are the most widely employed.
11] The greater sensitivity of the FTA-ABS test does not improve detection when the tests are used serially.
Patients who had positive RPR and FTA-ABS tests were considered to have asymptomatic syphilis unless their clinical assessments suggested another explanation.