What is the role of ELISA in the workup of chlamydial genitourinary infections (chlamydia)?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is a laboratory assay for C trachomatis that has a sensitivity of 40-60% and a specificity of 99%. Because it is both automatable and cost-effective, it is suitable for large numbers of patients. ELISA is the most commonly used test for Chlamydia in the emergency department (ED) and in outpatient clinics.


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