What are the most sensitive serologic studies used in the workup of pediatric chickenpox?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Among the many serologic studies, the most sensitive are the indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA), fluorescent antibody to membrane antigen (FAMA), neutralization test (NT), and radioimmunoassay (RIA). These time-consuming tests require specialized equipment that renders them unsuitable for routine use.


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