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Quest vs. Arup

Discussion in 'ME/CFS Doctors' started by tntntwins, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. tntntwins

    tntntwins

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    Trying to understand the differences in lab results from Quest directly and ARUP. Specifically relating to Coxsackie. Is it that you may get a negative result from Quest and a positive from ARUP or is it something else?
     
  2. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

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    These labs use two different testing methods. Quest uses a complement fixation assay to detect antibodies in blood. The problem is that complement fixing antibodies disappear a few weeks after the acute infection from what I understand. The ARUP test is done using a neutralization method. Neutralizing antibodies appear to be present in large concentration (1:320 dilution and above) during acute or chronic infections.

    I've had both tests numerous times and can confirm, I was completely negative on the Quest test and highly positive (1:320 to 1:640) 3 times over 2 years and counting on the ARUP test. The Quest test also has a tendency to cross react, so the serotype determination can't even be counted on as reliable. It's really a worthless, out of date test and I don't know why they still offer it.
     
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