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Nelson-Mayer test

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Highly sensitive, specific reaction for serodiagnostic of syphilis, based on the demonstration of immobilizing antibodies in patients' serum. This test was an important contribution to clinical medicine capable of eliminating false-positive reactions.


  • R. A. Nelson:, M. M. Mayer:
    Immobilization of Treponema pallidum in vitro by antibody produced in syphilitic infection.
    The Journal of Experimental Medicine, New York, 1949, 89: 369-393.
  • W. Berlinghoff:
    Beitrag zur Verminderung der Quote toxischer Seren im TPI-Nelson-Test.
    Der Hautarzt, Berlin, 1958, 9: 41.

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