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Place de la PCR en médecine des voyages

Published in Revue médicale suisse. 2011, vol. 7, no. 294, p. 991-2,994
Abstract The use of PCR-based molecular diagnosis in travel medicine remains limited to specific indications such as clinical suspicion of some of the viral hemorrhagic fevers (e.g. Ebola, Marburg), differential diagnosis between Entamoeba histolytica (pathogen) and E. dispar (non pathogen) in the stools, and parasitological diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis. The scope of indications is likely to expand in the coming years with the development of techniques (e.g. multiplex PCR) able to identify several pathogens from a single sample. Simplification and cost-reduction of molecular techniques, which would allow for more equitable access to these diagnostic tools in countries where the targeted diseases are highly prevalent, pose major technological and ethical challenges.
Keywords Diarrhea/etiologyHumansLeishmaniasis, Cutaneous/diagnosisMalaria/diagnosisPolymerase Chain ReactionTravel Medicine
PMID: 21692311
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Research groups Groupe Louis Loutan (médecine des Voyages et des Migrations, Médecine Tropicale, Santé Internationale) (122)
Groupe Jean-Michel Gaspoz (23)
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CHAPPUIS, François. Place de la PCR en médecine des voyages. In: Revue médicale suisse, 2011, vol. 7, n° 294, p. 991-2,994. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:25501

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