Journal article

Normal Ranges of Streptococcal Antibody Titers Are Similar Whether Streptococci Are Endemic to the Setting or Not

Andrew C Steer, Suzanna Vidmar, Roselyn Ritika, Joseph Kado, Michael Batzloff, Adam WJ Jenney, John B Carlin, Jonathan R Carapetis

CLINICAL AND VACCINE IMMUNOLOGY | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2009

Abstract

Group A streptococcal (GAS) serology is used for the diagnosis of post-streptococcal diseases, such as acute rheumatic fever, and occasionally for the diagnosis of streptococcal pharyngitis. Experts recommend that the upper limits of normal for streptococcal serology be determined for individual populations because of differences in the epidemiology of GAS between populations. Therefore, we performed a study to determine the values of the upper limit of normal for anti-streptolysin O (ASO) and anti-DNase B (ADB) titers in Fiji. Participants with a history of GAS disease, including pharyngitis or impetigo, were excluded. A total of 424 serum samples from people of all ages (with a sample enri..

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