A positive enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot assay result for a patient without evidence of cysticercosis.

Erna M. Kojic, A. Clinton White

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Abstract

The enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (EITB) has been considered diagnostic of cysticercosis when the results are positive. We describe a patient with a single band at 50 kDa on EITB and neuroimaging abnormalities suggestive of neurocysticercosis but no evidence of exposure to Taenium solium. Autopsy findings excluded neurocysticercosis. We suggest that a single band at 50 kDa on an EITB be considered an equivocal finding rather than diagnostic of cysticercosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Volume36
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Cysticercosis
Neurocysticercosis
Enzymes
Neuroimaging
Autopsy

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