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PG and JJ designed the study protocol, MVE and EB organized prospective sample collection. MH, JM, AS and PG carried out the RDT test evaluations, LC performed the PCR analysis, MH, PG, JM and JJ analyzed and interpreted the results. MH and JJ drafted the manuscript. All authors critically reviewed the manuscript and approved the final manuscript.
The present study evaluated CareStart pLDH Malaria, a three-band rapid diagnostic test detecting Plasmodium falciparum- specific parasite lactate dehydrogenase (Pf-pLDH) and pan Plasmodium-specific pLDH (pan-pLDH) in a reference setting.
CareStart pLDH was retrospectively and prospectively assessed with a panel of stored (n = 498) and fresh (n = 77) blood samples obtained in international travelers suspected of malaria. Both panels comprised all four Plasmodium species; the retrospective panel comprised also Plasmodium negative samples. The reference method was microscopy corrected by PCR. The prospective panel was run side-to-side with OptiMAL (Pf-pLDH/pan-pLDH) and SDFK60 (histidine-rich protein-2 (HRP-2)/pan-pLDH).
In the retrospective evaluation, overall sensitivity for P. falciparum samples (n = 247) was 94.7%, reaching 98.7% for parasite densities > 1,000/μl. Most false negative results occurred among samples with pure gametocytaemia (2/12, 16.7%) and at parasite densities ≤ 100/μl (7/12, 58.3%). None of the Plasmodium negative samples (n = 96) showed visible test lines. Sensitivities for Plasmodium vivax (n = 70), Plasmodium ovale (n = 69) and Plasmodium malariae (n = 16) were 74.3%, 31.9% and 25.0% respectively. Wrong species identification occurred in 10 (2.5%) samples and was mainly due to P. vivax samples reacting with the Pf-pLDH test line. Overall, Pf-pLDH test lines showed higher line intensities compared to the pan-pLDH lines (67.9% and 23.0% medium and strong line intensities for P. falciparum). In the prospective panel (77 Plasmodium-positive samples), CareStart pLDH showed higher sensitivities for P. falciparum compared to OptiMAL (p = 0.008), lower sensitivities for P. falciparum as compare to SDFK60 (although not reaching statistical significance, p = 0.08) and higher sensitivities for P. ovale c ompared to both OptiMAL (p = 0.03) and SDFK60 (p = 0.01). Inter-observer and test reproducibility were good to excellent.
CareStart pLDH performed excellent for the detection of P. falciparum, well for P. vivax, but poor for P. ovale and P. malariae.
Additional file 1: Line intensity consensus for the CareStart pLDH for Pf-pLDH, retrospective evaluation. (XLSX 10 KB)12936_2012_2169_MOESM1_ESM.xlsx
Additional file 2: Line intensity consensus for the CareStart pLDH for pan-pLDH, retrospective evaluation. (XLSX 10 KB)12936_2012_2169_MOESM2_ESM.xlsx
Additional file 3: Reproducibility of the CareStart pLDH: Pf-pLDH line intensities, retrospective evaluation. (XLSX 10 KB)12936_2012_2169_MOESM3_ESM.xlsx
Additional file 4: Reproducibility of the CareStart pLDH: pan-pLDH line intensities, retrospective evaluation. (XLSX 11 KB)12936_2012_2169_MOESM4_ESM.xlsx
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