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Dan M.,E Wolfson Hospital | Dan M.,Tel Aviv University | Leshem Y.,Savyon Diagnostics Ltd. | Yeshaya A.,Danielly Medical Center
Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease | Year: 2010

We compared the performance of a rapid vaginal yeast assay (Savvycheck) with that of microscopic examination of a Gram-stained smear and culture of vaginal discharge in detecting Candida spp. Two hundred thirty-one women with vaginal symptoms were studied prospectively. Vaginal specimens obtained from all participants were studied by the Savvycheck rapid yeast test, microscopic evaluation of Gram-stained vaginal smears, and yeast culture. Savvycheck rapid yeast test was positive in 79% of women with positive cultures and in 3.6% of women with negative cultures. The Savvycheck test detected yeasts in 93% of subjects with positive Gram stain and in 5.5% of subjects with negative Gram stain. The Savvycheck rapid yeast test showed 93% sensitivity, 95% specificity, and a 97% negative predictive value compared with the Gram stain. It revealed 79% sensitivity, 96% specificity, and an 87% negative predictive value compared with culture. The Savvycheck rapid yeast test can be used in the busy office instead of microscopy as a point-of-care tool for diagnosing vulvovaginal candidiasis. It can also reduce the need for yeast cultures in patients with vaginitis. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.


Dogruman-Al F.,Gazi University | Turk S.,Gazi University | Adiyaman-Korkmaz G.,Gazi University | Hananel A.,Savyon Diagnostics Ltd | And 7 more authors.
Parasitology Research | Year: 2014

Detection of Blastocystis is routinely performed by microscopy, culture, and formyl-ether (ethyl acetate) concentration technique (FECT). Yet, these methods require special skilled personnel, are time consuming, and often involve processing that may cause misdiagnosis. The aim of this work is to demonstrate the usefulness of a newly introduced ELISA test for the detection of Blastocystis antigens in stool samples (CoproELISATMBlastocystis, Savyon Diagnostics) as a proper alternative to currently used methods, especially microscopy. A cohort of 179 fresh/frozen clinical stool samples was tested by the ELISA test, and results were compared to consensus methods comprised of microscopic examination of Lugol’s iodine staining, culture, and immunofluorescence assay (IFA). The new ELISA test was able to detect fewer than 103 cells, recognized subtypes 1, 2, 3, and 5 (comprising >95 % of human Blastocystis infections), and exhibited similar reactivity when comparing formalin-preserved samples to fresh/frozen samples. The test demonstrated 92 % sensitivity, 87 % specificity, and 89 % accuracy when culture, and IFA or microscopy consensus results were taken as reference. When the consensus was comprised of culture and IFA, the test demonstrated sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 82, 86, and 84 %, respectively. In contrast, the sensitivity of Lugol staining microscopy was only 18 %. This work presents a unique ELISA test that provides an alternative to the use of microscopy, currently most widely used method. The test enables high-throughput screening and diagnosis of Blastocystis, adaptation to automatic procedures. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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