Rotavirus antigen control in faeces is used in the treatment of diarrhea patients, especially neonates, elderly and immunosuppressed patients, and in the investigation of hospital diarrhea cases.
Rotavirus disease (Rota virus), is a diarrheal disease caused by viruses of the family Reoviridae. The virus multiplies exclusively on the epithelial cells of the small intestine and is primarily pathogenic in infants and children during the winter. The virus is transmitted through the faecal-oral route.
The disease is characterized by acute onset diarrhea that lasts 4 to 8 days. Vomiting is often the initial symptom. Some patients experience vomiting without diarrhea. Dehydration is the most common cause of rotavirus-infected patients.
Rapid and accurate detection of rotavirus antigen in fecal specimens leads to better management of patients, particularly hospitalized or institutionalized patients.
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. Correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
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