Which lab tests should be performed for the diagnosis of dengue?

Updated: May 03, 2019
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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RT-PCR yields a serotype-specific diagnosis very rapidly. [64, 65] It is most useful early in the course of illness. It is not susceptible to the cross-reactivity with other flaviviruses seen with serologic testing.

The following laboratory tests should also be performed:

  • Complete blood cell (CBC) count
  • Metabolic panel
  • Serum protein and albumin levels
  • Liver panel
  • Coagulation profile and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) panel

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