Volume 47, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



In seven patients with paragonimiasis westermani, parasite-specific IgE and IgG levels in sera and pleural effusion were determined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The sensitivity to adult excretory-secretory (E-S) antigen was compared with the sensitivity to whole worm extract antigen, and the former was more sensitive in both an IgE-ELISA and IgG-ELISA. Both parasite-specific IgE and IgG could be detected by ELISA at levels much higher than those in control subjects using E-S antigen. When specific IgE and IgG levels in sera and pleural effusion of individual patients were compared, the latter had higher values. The difference between levels of specific IgE in pleural effusion and serum did not correlate with that of specific IgG. These results indicate that specific IgE and IgG antibodies form locally, i.e., in the lung, and that pleural effusions from patients with paragonimiasis are more suitable than serum for immunodiagnosis.


Article metrics loading...

The graphs shown below represent data from March 2017
Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Most Cited This Month

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error