The serology of treponemal disease has become simpler and more rational in recent years, mainly as a result of the widespread adoption of specific antibody tests and the use of monospecific fluorescent antibody procedures which give information about the immunoglobulin class of antibodies. A set of tests which has proved particularly useful in routine diagnosis is the following: quantitative TPHA test, quantitative VDRL test, and monospecific (IgG and IgM) FTA-ABS tests. This combination is especially valuable in the assessment of new patients with positive results to serological tests and in the management of patients with treated syphilis.
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