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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 99, No. 2, 2004, pp. 173-177
Bioline Code: oc04031
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 99, No. 2, 2004, pp. 173-177

 en A Contribution to the Diagnosis of Capillaria hepatica check for this species in other resources Infection by Indirect Immunofluorescence Test
Bárbara CA Assis; Liliane M Cunha; Ana Paula Baptista & Zilton A Andrade


A highly specific pattern of immunofluorescence was noted when sera from Capillaria hepatica check for this species in other resources -infected rats were tested against the homologous worms and eggs present either in paraffin or cryostat sections from mouse liver. The pattern was represented by a combined apple green fluorescence of the internal contents of worms and eggs, which persisted in serum-dilutions of 1:400 up to 1:1600. Unequivocal fluorescent pattern was observed from 15 days up to 3 months following inoculation of rats with embryonated C. hepatica eggs and such result was confirmed by the ELISA. After the 4th month of infection, the indirect immunofluorescence test turned negative, probably revealing the extinction of parasitism, however the ELISA was contradictory, disclosing high levels of antibodies in this period . The IIF was also negative when control normal rat sera and sera from rats administered by gavage with immature C. hepatica eggs (spurious infection), or for reactions made against Schistosoma mansoni check for this species in other resources eggs, although a weakly positive pattern occurred with Fasciola hepatica check for this species in other resources eggs. The indirect immunofluorescence test may be recommended for use with human sera to detect early C. hepatica infection in special clinical instances and in epidemiological surveys, since it is a simple, inexpensive, and reliable test, presenting excellent sensitivity and specificity. Although the diagnosis is positive only during early infection, this is the period when the symptoms are usually more severe and the need for differential diagnosis is greater.

Capillaria hepatica - immunofluorescence test - rat capillariasis

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