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Circulating antibodies in human echinococcosis before and after surgical treatment*

By T. Todorov and G. Stojanov


Antibody levels in 89 patients who had been operated on for hydatid disease were studied over a period of 4 years by complement fixation, latex agglutination, bentonite flocculation, and passive haemagglutination tests. The geometric mean titres were much higher in patients with liver echinococcosis than in those whose lungs were affected. In the first month after operation, an increase in antibody level was observed more often in the former than in the latter. The raised level usually persisted for 3-6 months

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