How is chronic granulomatous disease (CGD)diagnosed?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019
  • Author: Roman J Nowicki, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Laboratory diagnosis of chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) can be made using the NBT test, stimulated with substances such as phorbol myristate acetate or Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide, which promote an oxidative response in 90-100% of normal neutrophils.

Neutrophils in patients with chronic granulomatous disease are unable to reduce oxidized NBT to insoluble blue formazan; this principle forms the basis of the standard diagnostic screening test for chronic granulomatous disease.

This test is best used to identify gene carriers, and it has been used for the prenatal diagnosis of chronic granulomatous disease.

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