Analysis Finds Newer Rapid Flu Tests Better than Traditional Ones


September 8, 2017

From NEJM Journal Watch (September 5, 2017): "Newer rapid diagnostic tests for influenza — namely, digital immunoassays (DIAs) and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) — are more sensitive than traditional rapid flu tests, according to a meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine...Traditional rapid tests had roughly a 54% sensitivity for influenza A or B. DIAs' sensitivity was 80% for influenza A and 77% for influenza B. NAATs' sensitivity was 92% and 95%, respectively. For all tests, specificity exceeded 98%." Read more.

*Source: NEJM Journal Watch

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