Evaluation of six serological tests in diagnosis and postoperative control of pulmonary hydatid disease patients

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 1999 Dec;35(4):255-62. doi: 10.1016/s0732-8893(99)00079-6.


Latex agglutination (LA), passive hemagglutination (PHA), immunoelectrophoresis (IEP) and specific IgE, IgM, IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests for diagnosis and postoperative follow-up of 79 patients with surgically confirmed pulmonary hydatidosis were evaluated. Specific IgG ELISA was the most sensitive test (83.5%) and the least sensitive tests were specific IgE ELISA (44.3%) and IEP (50.6%). The specificity obtained for all the serologic test was above 97% in all cases. The greatest number of false positives in all tests (except IEP) occurred in patients with Taenia saginata and Taenia solium cysticerci infestations and in patients with lymphoma and leukemia. Specific IgG ELISA demonstrated the highest negative predictive value (93.8%). No statistically significant differences (p > 0.050) were found in the sensitivity of the tests when patients with only one cyst and patients with various cysts were compared. Considering only the patients without relapse, the percentage of seropositive patients increased in all tests at 1 and 3 months after surgery. After that time the percentage of seropositive patients decreased. At 48 months after surgery all patients without relapse became negative in IEP, specific IgE ELISA, and specific IgM ELISA. The antibody titers in all seropositive patients increased during the 3 months after surgery. From these 3 months onward, antibody levels decreased in all serologic tests studied in the group of patients without relapse. The patients who had relapses during the first year after surgery presented persistently elevated antibody titers in all postoperative sera. The antibody titers of the patients who relapsed between the third and fourth years after surgery decreased progressively the third month after surgery, and increased in the serum obtained at the moment of relapse diagnosis. Our results show that persistence of elevated antibody titers in patients with pulmonary hydatidosis in the year after surgery or titer increase after a progressive decrease are indicative of relapse or reinfection.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Helminth / blood
  • Echinococcosis, Pulmonary / diagnosis*
  • Echinococcosis, Pulmonary / surgery
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Hemagglutination Tests
  • Humans
  • Immunoelectrophoresis
  • Latex Fixation Tests
  • Serologic Tests


  • Antibodies, Helminth