Fluorescent Treponemal Antibody Absorption (FTA-ABS) on CSF<<Return to Laboratory
Fluorescent Treponemal Antibody Absorption (FTA-ABS) to detect the presence of antibodiesto Treponema pallidum in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples.
CSF – minimum of 0.5 mL. The same CSF sample is used in the FTA-ABS on CSF test, the VDRL-CSF test and molecular detection by conventional PCR.
Store samples refrigerated or frozen until shipped for testing. Ship frozen samples on dry ice, and refrigerated samples on wet ice
Shipping of specimens shall be done by a TDG certified individual in accordance with TDG regulations. For additional information regarding classification of specimens for the purposes of shipping, consult either Part 2 Appendix 3 of the TDG Regulations or section 3.6.2 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as applicable.
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Suspected of syphilis infection.
Completed Syphilis requisition form including sender lab name, address and telephone number. Patient identifier (specimen reference #), date of birth and sex. Date collected and test requested.
This test is done in conjunction with the VDRL-CSF test and molecular detection by conventional PCR.
See reference below.
20 calendar days. Contact the laboratory prior to submission of urgent clinical specimens.
- A Manual of Tests for Syphilis 9th Edition. Edited by S. A. Larsen, V. Pope, R. E. Johnson, E. J. Kennedy Jr. American Public Health Association. Washington, D.C. 1998.