Richard Drummond wrote:
>> Since there seems to be so little traffic on this news group right now
> I was wondering if everyone doing testing for RSV by a elisa is satisfied
> with their results? Has anyone looked at their culture results and compared
> them to their elisa results?
>>gip204 at freenet.mb.caAn informal discussion with my local virology laboratory suggests
sensitivities below 90% this year. I was involved with most of the
original RSV kits and their field trials. The sensitivity since thse
trials (90-95%) seems to have decreased but this is really difficult to
quantify. There is so much variability with culture (look in the
literature and you will see differing sensitivity each year for RHMK vs.
HEp-2). A panel of specimens, cultured at one time and then frozen in
alequots might answer these questions as could a mixture of recombinant
antigens. I think the Testpack is the best test. I've seen problems
the Directogen (did I spell that wrong) in the low range.
Remember..Most DFA and EIA results during RSV season are true
positives and that cell culture is not the gold standard. I would
suggest a combination of culture, antigen detection with a blocking test
(or multiple antigen detection test during the evaluation of several
kits) or DFA seen by two independent observers as true positives. We
published some data in AM J Clin Path about using blind DFA of cells to
find RSV that did not produce CPE because of overgrowth (? adeno) or
For small numbers of samples I still like DFA.
The Journal of Clinical Micro is full of comparisons about these
tests. PCR is OK for it as well but I would consider it overkill.
Ken Bromberg, MD
Pediatric ID and microbiology for the fun of it.