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.
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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.