The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 97–103 | Cite as

The indirect hemagglutination test for amebiasis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

  • George R. Healy
  • Sumner C. Kraft


This study was undertaken to evaluate the specificity of the indirect hemagglutination (IHA) test in the differential diagnosis of amebiasis and inflammatory bowel disease. Sera from 511 patients with inflammatory bowel disease were tested by the IHA and 6 (1%) were positive. Five were positive at low levels of titers, whereas the sixth specimen had a strong positive reaction. Upon reexamination, the patient furnishing the high titered serum was found to be harboringEntamoeba histolytica. A heterogeneous control group of sera from 147 subjects also was tested and low-level positive IHA titers occurred in 3 (2%). The results indicate that the IHA test for amebiasis is of value as another laboratory procedure for the differential diagnosis of amebiasis and inflammatory bowel diseases.


Public Health Differential Diagnosis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Bowel Disease Positive Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George R. Healy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sumner C. Kraft
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.From the US Department of Health, Education and WelfareHealth Services and Mental Administration Center for Disease ControlAtlanta
  2. 2.the Department of MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicago

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