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Non-treponemal tests such as the rapid plasma reagin (RPR) assay are mainstays of syphilis diagnosis, but false-positive tests are common. We identified false-positive RPR titers in 8.2% of patients with malaria due to Plasmodium vivax in northern Peru. Similar rates were not detected in patients with other acute febrile illnesses. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


Ryan C Maves, Katherine Dean, Nilda Gadea, Eric S Halsey, Paul C F Graf, Andres G Lescano. False-positive rapid plasma reagin testing in patients with acute Plasmodium vivax malaria: a case control study. Travel medicine and infectious disease. 2014 May-Jun;12(3):268-73

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