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J Korean Neurol Assoc. 1992 Mar;10(1):1-7. Korean. Original Article.
Kim WJ , Kim YJ , Park SC , Lee BI .
Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Yonsei University.
Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Yonsei University.
Abstract

Cerebrospinal fluid from 27 patients with tuberculous meningitis and from appropriate control individuals were assayed for immunoglobulin G activity to tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) and Lipoarabinomannan-B (LAM-B) antigens by a'n enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A significant difference was found between the tuberculous meningitis group and control. The sensitivity and specificity of these tests in cerebrospinal fluid was 59.2% and 93.9% for PPD, 85.2% and 95.9% for LAM-B antigen, and 70.3% and 89.7% for PCR method. The ELISA method measuring IgG antibody to LAM-B in cerebrospinal fluid and PCR method were both reliable and complementary each other for early diagnosis of patient with tuberculous meningitis.

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