Performance of POC-CCA® in diagnosis of schistosomiasis mansoni in individuals with low parasite burden

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Introduction: Schistosomiasis, caused by Schistosoma mansoni, is a public health concern in Brazil. However, the most popular diagnostic method, the Kato-Katz technique, exhibits low sensitivity in low-endemicity areas. We aimed to compare the performance of an immunological assay, the point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen (POC-CCA®) test, with that of two parasitological techniques in a low-endemicity population. Methods: Our study included 141 individuals living in Estreito de Miralta, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Fecal samples were obtained from all participants and analyzed for schistosomiasis using two parasitological techniques: the Kato-Katz technique and the saline gradient technique. Additionally, POC-CCA® strips were utilized for testing urine samples. The results obtained by the different techniques were compared. Results: Analysis of two or 24 slides using the Kato-Katz technique resulted in a positivity rate of 10.6% (15/141) or 19.1% (27/141), respectively. The saline gradient technique yielded a positivity rate of 17.0% (24/141). The prevalence according to both parasitological techniques was 24.1% (34/141). The POC-CCA® test yielded a positivity rate of 22.7% (32/141); however, the positivity rate was merely 2.1% if trace results were considered negative. The agreements observed between POC-CCA® and the parasitological techniques were good (Kappa indexes > 0.64). The POC-CCA® test was more sensitive than the two-slide Kato-Katz technique (p < 0.05) in detecting cases of S. mansoni infection when trace results were considered positive. Conclusions: These findings reinforce the importance of using multiple diagnostic techniques in low-endemicity areas for effective control of disease.




Siqueira, L. M. V., Couto, F. F. B., Taboada, D., De Oliveira, Á. A., Carneiro, N. F. de F., Oliveira, E., … Katz, N. (2016). Performance of POC-CCA® in diagnosis of schistosomiasis mansoni in individuals with low parasite burden. Revista Da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, 49(3), 341–347.

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