Getting a positive PCR test

Hi guys,

I'm about to do a PCR sputum test and I'd like to maximize my chances of testing positive for CPn. Any tips??

Just for reference I have an active respiratory infection with CPn - including lungs, sinuses and throat. I get plenty of nasal discharge (thin mucous), but don't seem to produce much of anything from the lungs.

many thanks,

Garcia.

 I don't know much about the accuracy of a sputum test for Cpn. Remember, the big problem is sampling: if the particular locus of the sample is where the Cpn is. If oral sputum has enough Cpn proteins from the site of infection (lungs?) then it will pick it up on the test. If it's contained more in the lungs, not a virgorous enough case of Cpn pneumonia, it won't. You might wish to have both a serum (blood) and sputum test if you can afford it. The serum will try to detect any DNA fragments in the bloodstream, which would be there from immune cells dealing with any active site of infection. Of course, the results may be affected if you are currently using antibiotics.

CAP for Chlamydia pneumonia since 11/04. 25yrs CFS & FMS- Currently: 150mg INH, 200 Doxycycline, 500mg MWF Azithromycin, 1000mg Flagyl daily (Continuous protocol)

 

CAP for Cpn 11/04. Dx: 25+yrs CFS & FMS. Currently: 250 aithromycin mwf, doxycycline 100mg BID, restarted Tini pulses; Vit D2000 units, T4 & T3, 6mg Iodoral

Thanks Jim, that makes sense. If the sputum comes up negative I'll go for the blood test. 

thanks. 

____________________________________________________________

CFS since 2001. Infected CPn Jan 2006. Dx'd March 2007. Started CAP March 2007. Currently taking: Azith 500mg every other day alternating with mino (100mg).

Hunter: Don't think - experiment