27 Apr 2018

Is DNA/PCR testing for Cpn commercially available?


I'm a clinician, and I'm interested in Cpn testing for my patients. I'm also interested for myself, because I have IBD and chronic muscle pain, which I suspect may be caused by Cpn.I've read the section on diagnosis on this site, and I understand that antibody testing is problematic and DNA/PCR testing is the gold-standard in research settings.My question is this: are DNA/PCR tests for Cpn commercially available yet outside of research settings?


I asked Stratton about testing, a couple of years ago.  He said that while PCR testing is commercially available, they test the wrong part of the blood: they test the plasma, whereas Cpn-infected white cells are in the buffy coat.