Immunome Research

Immunome Research
Open Access

ISSN: 1745-7580


Yomna Ben Lamine

Department of Microbiology Unit, Medical Biology Laboratory, Mohamed Kassab Institute of Orthopedics (IMKO), Manouba, Tunisia

  • Research Article   
    Place of the Rapid Diagnostic Test in the COVID-19 Management Strategy in Tunisia
    Author(s): Hajer Kilani*, Yomna Ben Lamine, Salma Kaoual, Lamia Chatti, Rim Ben Jemaa, Ilhem Boutiba-Ben boubaker and Sophia Bouhalila-Besbes

    Background: The objective of this study was to study the benefit of the rapid antigenic detection of SARS-CoV-2 and to demonstrate the contribution of this technique compared to real-time RT-PCR. Methods: The SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid N antigen rapid diagnostic test (Standard Covid-19 Ag Test, SD Biosensor) was performed on 49 patients. Real-time RT-PCR testing was performed only in 12 patients. Results: Nasopharyngeal swabs were taken from subjects whose mean age was 35 years (range 23-68 years) and who presented one of the following symptoms: dry cough (30.61%), chest tightness (28 %), fever (28%), headache (24.48%), asthenia (22.44%) and diarrhea in only 14.28%. The time between the onset of symptoms and the completion of the test ranged from 0 to 2 days. Of all rapid tests performed, 35 (71.42%) were n.. View More»
    DOI: 10.35248/1745-7580.22.18.159

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