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Test Id : CYSTG

Cysticercosis (Taenia solium), IgG, Serum

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Aid for the diagnosis of cysticercosis caused by infection with Taenia solium

Method Name
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Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)

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Reporting Name
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Cysticercosis (T. solium), IgG, S

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Bladder worm





Taenia solium


Specimen Type
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Specimen Required
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Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Centrifuge and aliquot serum into plastic vial.

Specimen Minimum Volume
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0.4 mL

Reject Due To
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Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia Reject
Heat-inactivated specimen Reject

Specimen Stability Information
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Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 14 days
Frozen 30 days

Useful For
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Aid for the diagnosis of cysticercosis caused by infection with Taenia solium

Clinical Information
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Cysticercosis is caused by infection with Taenia solium, a tapeworm (cestode). In this form of infection, humans and pigs serve as the intermediate host and have the cystic larval form in their tissues. Humans can also serve as the definitive host for T solium and have the adult form in their intestine (known as taeniasis).


Humans acquire cysticercosis by ingesting microscopic T solium eggs in contaminated food, water, or on fomites. The eggs enter the environment when they are shed in stool from a person with the intestinal form of infection; this could be the same patient (autoinfection) or a different patient. Once ingested, the eggs hatch in the intestine to release oncospheres, which invade the intestinal wall and disseminate via the blood to muscles, liver, brain, and other tissues where they form cysts (cysticerci).


Taeniasis occurs when cysticerci are ingested in the undercooked flesh of an infected intermediate host (eg, pig). In the small intestine, cysticerci will evaginate and attach via a scolex to the intestinal wall. They then grow to become mature adult tapeworms. Adults can reside in the intestine for years and grow from 2 to 7 meters with over 500 proglottids, each filled with 50,000 eggs.


While cysticercosis and taeniasis occur globally, in the United States, infections are predominantly encountered in immigrants from Latin and Central America who acquired the infection locally.


The symptoms associated with cysticercosis depend on where the cysticerci localize, their size, number, and stage (degenerating, calcified, etc). The time between initial infection and symptom onset may vary from several months to years. The presence of cysts in the brain or spinal cord, referred to as neurocysticercosis, is the most serious form of disease and, while some individuals may be asymptomatic, many present with seizures (70%-90%), headache, confusion, and difficulty with balance. Cysts present in striated muscle are typically asymptomatic.


Diagnosis of cysticercosis relies on both imaging studies and serologic testing results. Importantly, detection of T solium eggs or proglottids in stool by an ova and parasite exam is diagnostic for taeniasis, not cysticercosis. Individuals with taeniasis should be evaluated for cysticercosis by serology since autoinfection can occur.


Due to imperfect sensitivity and specificity of commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) for cysticercosis, it is recommended that both positive and negative results by commercial ELISA be confirmed by a cysticercosis immunoblot offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/dpdx/cysticercosis/index.html) for patients strongly suspected of having cysticercosis. Currently available antibody detection assays are unable to distinguish between active and inactive infections.

Reference Values
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Reference values apply to all ages.

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Antibodies to Taenia solium (cysticercosis) detected. Confirmatory testing through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommended. False-positive results may occur in patients with other helminth infections.



No antibodies to T solium (cysticercosis) detected. A negative result may not rule-out infection as the sample may have been collected prior to the development of a detectable level of antibodies. Sensitivity is negatively impacted by the presence of few cysticerci or location in areas less accessible to the immune system. Repeat testing on a new sample is recommended for patients at high risk of cysticercosis.

Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Diagnosis of cysticercosis should be based on exposure history, clinical presentation, other laboratory findings, and imaging studies.


False-negative results may occur in severely immunosuppressed patients.

Clinical Reference
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1. Garvey BT, Moyano LM, Ayvar V, et al: Neurocysticercosis among people living near pigs heavily infected with cysticercosis in rural endemic Peru. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2018;98(2):558-564

2. Garcia HH, Gonzalez AE, Gilman RH. Taenia solium cysticercosis and its impact in neurological disease. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2020;33(3):e00085-19. doi:10.1128/CMR.00085-19

Method Description
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The kit provides all the material needed to perform 96 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) on breakable microtitration wells sensitized with Taenia solium cyst soluble antigens. Specific antibodies in the sample will bind to these antigens and washing will remove unspecific antibodies. The presence of parasite specific antibodies is detected with a protein A - alkaline phosphatase conjugate. A second washing step will remove unbound conjugate. Revealing bound antibodies is made by the addition of p-nitrophenyl phosphate (pNPP) substrate, which turns yellow in the presence of alkaline phosphatase. Color intensity is proportional to the amount of T solium specific antibodies in the sample. Potassium phosphate is added to stop the reaction. Absorbance at 405 nm is read using an ELISA microplate reader.(Package insert: Taenia solium Enzyme immunoassay for the diagnosis of human cysticercosis. Bordier Affinity Products SA; 04/2018)

PDF Report
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Report Available
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1 to 7 days

Specimen Retention Time
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14 days

Performing Laboratory Location
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LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
CYSTG Cysticercosis (T. solium), IgG, S 56485-6
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
CYSTG Cysticercosis (T. solium), IgG, S 56485-6

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