Evaluation of a fully automated treponemal test and comparison with conventional VDRL and FTA-ABS tests

Yongjung Park, Younhee Park, Shin Young Joo, Myoung Hee Park, Hyon Suk Kim

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We evaluated analytic performances of an automated treponemal test and compared this test with the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test (VDRL) and fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test (FTA-ABS). Precision performance of the Architect Syphilis TP assay (TP; Abbott Japan, Tokyo, Japan) was assessed, and 150 serum samples were assayed with the TP before and after heat inactivation to estimate the effect of heat inactivation. A total of 616 specimens were tested with the FTA-ABS and TP, and 400 were examined with the VDRL. The TP showed good precision performance with total imprecision of less than a 10% coefficient of variation. An excellent linear relationship between results before and after heat inactivation was observed (R 2 = 0.9961). The FTA-ABS and TP agreed well with a &καππ α; coefficient of 0.981. The concordance rate between the FTA-ABS and TP was the highest (99.0%), followed by the rates between FTA-ABS and VDRL (85.0%) and between TP and VDRL (83.8%). The automated TP assay may be adequate for screening for syphilis in a large volume of samples and can be an alternative to FTA-ABS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-710
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Pathology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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