Predictive value of clinical assessment of patients with podoconiosis in an endemic community setting

Desta, Kelemu, Ashine, Meskele and Davey, Gail (2007) Predictive value of clinical assessment of patients with podoconiosis in an endemic community setting. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 101 (6). pp. 621-623. ISSN 0035-9203

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Abstract

Podoconiosis is a geochemical condition resulting in lower limb elephantiasis similar to that seen in chronic filarial disease. In podoconiosis-endemic areas, diagnosis of the condition must often take place in the community setting, where laboratory facilities are unavailable. In this study, 205 patients in Wolaitta zone, southern Ethiopia, were examined according to standard clinical practice. A capillary blood sample was taken at midnight for thick film examination. In a subsample of 117 patients, rapid antigen testing using Binax antigen cards was also performed. Both tests were negative in all patients. In podoconiosis-endemic areas, clinical examination is a valid means of diagnosing podoconiosis.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0440 Study and teaching. Research
Depositing User: Gail Davey
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2014 13:22
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 16:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/48215

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