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Vol 79, No 6 (2011)
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Published online: 2011-10-25
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The immunological and molecular diagnostics of respiratory tract infections

Urszula Demkow
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2011;79(6):446-453.

open access

Vol 79, No 6 (2011)
EDUCATION
Published online: 2011-10-25
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

Diagnostic strategies in upper and lower respiratory tract infections include conventional procedures and the new molecular tools. Serology plays a role in certain viral and atypical infections of lower respiratory track but is not reliable in small children and in immunocompromised subjects. Antigen detection can be also carried out. If a potential pathogen is non detectable by simply assay or in severe or complicated lower respiratory tract infections, the use of molecular tools is highly indicated.
Pneumonol. Alergol. Pol. 2011; 79, 6: 446–453

Abstract

Diagnostic strategies in upper and lower respiratory tract infections include conventional procedures and the new molecular tools. Serology plays a role in certain viral and atypical infections of lower respiratory track but is not reliable in small children and in immunocompromised subjects. Antigen detection can be also carried out. If a potential pathogen is non detectable by simply assay or in severe or complicated lower respiratory tract infections, the use of molecular tools is highly indicated.
Pneumonol. Alergol. Pol. 2011; 79, 6: 446–453
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Keywords

respiratory tract infections; laboratory diagnostics; molecular methods; serology

About this article
Title

The immunological and molecular diagnostics of respiratory tract infections

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 79, No 6 (2011)

Pages

446-453

Published online

2011-10-25

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2011;79(6):446-453.

Keywords

respiratory tract infections
laboratory diagnostics
molecular methods
serology

Authors

Urszula Demkow

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