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Evaluation of sera from patients with Lyme disease in the fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption test for syphilis.

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By Hunter EF, Russell H, Farshy CE, Sampson JS, Larsen SA • www.ProHealth.com • October 1, 1986


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To determine whether the cross-reactivity between Treponema pallidum and Borrelia burgdorferi affects the specificity of the fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption (FTA-Abs) test for syphilis, sera from patients with Lyme disease or syphilis were examined in a quantitative FTA-Abs test. Sera were diluted serially in phosphate-buffered saline, then in sorbent, and were tested with T. pallidum and B. burgdorferi antigens. Nine of 40 sera from patients with known Lyme disease were reactive at the 1:5 dilution with antigen from T. pallidum; only one serum was reactive at the 1:10 dilution. When both antigens were tested, the titer against B. burgdorferi was always higher than that against T. pallidum. Similarly, sera from patients with syphilis showed cross-reactivity with B. burgdorferi. Although reactivity could be absorbed with Treponemal phagedenis (Reiter strain), simultaneous titration with both antigens was easily performed and designated the etiologic agent.

Sex Transm Dis. 1986 Oct-Dec;13(4):232-6.





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