Diagnostic Tests for Parainfluenza


Tests and diagnosis discussion for Parainfluenza: Infection with HPIVs can be confirmed in two ways: 1) by isolation and identification of the virus in cell culture or by direct detection of the virus in respiratory secretions (usually, collected within one week of onset of symptoms) using immunofluorescence, enzyme immunoassay, or polymerase chin reaction assay, and 2) by demonstration of a significant rise in specific IgG antibodies between appropriately collected paried serum specimens or specific IgM antibodies in a single serum specimen. 1

1. excerpt from Human Parainfluenza Viruses: DVRD

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