Anyone familiar with the Elispot test for cpn?
I have a positive Elispot test for cpn. Does anyone know if this means you have an active infection or not? It is supposed to be better than antibodies testing. How does this compare to psr testing(I think its called psr, the one where you look for cpn in the blood or tissue)
I guess I am trying to ascertain whether I definately do have an active cpn infection or not (or at least a very high probablitiy of one), before I go ahead and commit to the long haul of a cpn cap, although I have already started a cap. Here is a link that explains a bit about the elispot test at Armin Labs. I asked Dr Armin Scwarzbach the lab owner about whether it means I have an active infection and how accurate it is and he says yes and very high accuracy 95 per cent ( but then he is the owner so perhaps alittle bit of bias so just wondered what everyone on here thought).
This elispot test measures actual T cell activity against the infection in question, but what does this mean really? does this therefore mean you definately have an active cpn infection causing havoc, or does it mean, and this is a long shot, that it is an overactive immune system overreacting to cpn, ie a sort of autoimmune or allergic reaction to cpn (this theory is based on the current Rituximab research going on in the world of ME/CFS that there is a possible overactive /autoimmune type thing going on).I have also read on here somwhere that cpn itself can causes an overactive immune system. Still it would be nice to have a test where you can actually see the cpn itself causing havoc rather than testing the immune repsonse to it.
I have ME, with afew other active infections: Lyme postive by Elispot test (which I would expect it to be as I got bitten from tics and came up in the classic lyme rash), plus a couple of lyme co-infections, plus EBV, HSV 1, and cocksackie viurs via antibodies testing. The cpn elispot test result I have is +16 (reference range <2)
Hope you can help.