Rapid plasma reagin

Alternative names
RPR

Definition

The RPR screening test is similar to the older VDRL test as both measure reaginic antibodies. These antibodies are usually produced during infection with syphilis as a result of the body’s interaction with the bacteria which causes syphilis (Treponema pallidum). This test is a useful screening tool for Syphilis, yet its ability to detect syphilis depends on the stage of the disease.

see RPR.

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Last revised: December 5, 2012
by David A. Scott, M.D.

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