Evaluation of a point-of-care test for the diagnosis of Taenia solium neurocysticercosis in rural southern Tanzania: a diagnostic accuracy study.

Last updated on 23-11-2023 by Inge Van Damme

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BACKGROUND: Neurocysticercosis is a common cause of epilepsy in Taenia solium-endemic areas in sub-Saharan Africa but is often undiagnosed because of an absence of affordable diagnostic tools. This study evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of a T solium cysticercosis antibody-detecting lateral-flow point-of-care assay (TS POC test) for the neuroimaging-based diagnosis of neurocysticercosis. METHODS: Patients with epileptic seizures or severe progressive headache were recruited consecutively from three hospitals in southern Tanzania. All patients were tested with the TS POC test. All patien…

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