FTA Abs ( Blood )

The bacteria – ‘Treponema Pallidum’causes SYPHILIS (is an STD - Sexually Transmitted Infection). FTA- Fluorescent Treponemal Antibody Absorption (blood) test used to screen for the presence of antibodies against the Treponema Pallidum (bacteria) for the diagnosis of syphilis.
Test Code: 1555
₹ 3,500.00

FTA- ABS (Blood)

Why FTA-ABS (Blood) Test?


A blood test is a laboratory analysis performed on a blood sample specimen. Typical clinical blood panels include a basic metabolic panel or a complete blood count. They are helpful to diagnose pathological conditions and also to monitor the effects of treatments and medications. Hence the purpose of a Blood Test is to evaluate the organ (physiological) function such as the kidneys, liver, thyroid, heart etc and more importantly to also diagnose diseases and investigate pathological conditions such as cancers, diabetes, anaemia and also for prognosis. Blood is usually drawn to perform a variety of laboratory Biochemical tests, which measures macromolecular substances or bio-molecules (like protein, sugar etc) in the blood are widely used in the diagnosis of diseases and help in the treatment (prognosis). Syphilis is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and hence VDRL (Veneral Disease Research Laboratory) testing is necessary. The bacteria Treponema pallidum causes syphilis. This infection is a highly contagious disease and usually spreads by sexual contact. Initially, it manifests as (primary syphilis) a painless sore (also referred to as ‘Chancre’ manifests as a rash in the trunk region but spreads throughout the body including the palms and soles) in the skin or mucous membranes typically in the mouth, genitals and rectum. It may be self-limiting in many cases and usually remain inactive for decades. When it becomes active (re-activation: secondary syphilis – manifestations are non-itchy wart-like sores in the mouth or around the genital area, muscle ache, fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes etc) and in the latent stages (tertiary stages – manifests dissemination with a widespread capacity) it manifests with more virulence and impacts many organ/organ system(s) like a heart (swelling of aorta, damage in heart valves etc), eyes, liver, bone, joints, nerves and brain (neurosyphilis – can manifest with seizures) etc and therefore can become life-threatening as well. Manifestations of chronic syphilis include saddle nose (nose-bridge collapse) with nasal septal disfigurement, deafness, teeth deformities etc and its symptoms include headache, stroke, meningitis, dementia, loss of pain and temperature sensations, bladder incontinence, sexual dysfunction in men etc. Syphilis can also be transmitted by vertical transmission from pregnant women to unborn children (congenital syphilis). Subsequently, after the initial screening for Treponema pallidum is performed, the positive cases are further confirmed by the FTA-ABS, RPR (Rapid Plasma Reagin) test for the presence of true infection. The FTA ABS Test: Fluorescent Treponemal Antibody Absorption Screening Test has grown with widespread acceptance as a standard protocol by which the diagnosis of syphilis is confirmed. The suffix- ABS refers particularly to a processing step that removes non-specific anti-spirochetal antibodies present in the normal serum. If the patient has been infected by syphilis their anti-spirochetal antibodies will bind to the bacteria - Treponema pallidum. FITC (a Fluophore)-Labeled Anti-Treponeme Antibody and TRITC (another Fluophore)-Labeled Anti-Human Antibodies are added as secondary antibodies. Thus these infectious pathogenic bacteria are identified using FITC staining and TRITC staining which locates if the suspected patient is infected with the spirochete - Syphilis. This FTA test is 100% approved due to its 100% sensitivity in CSF specimens. False-positive results are associated with other treponemes – eg T pretence, increased or abnormal globulins, antinuclear antibodies, pregnancy, HSV infections, elevated acute phase reactants, cold agglutinins, Mycoplasma antibodies, age older than 65 etc. Moreover borderline results are inconclusive results and thus cannot be interpreted. Additional/Other tests include serological tests – Non-treponemal tests, treponemal tests, rapid serological tests, Direct Methods for diagnosis, Rapid Immuno-Chromatographic tests, Testing for Neurosyphilis etc.

General Instructions:

Sample Requirement: Specimen - Blood sample collected from the vein. Test Preparation: None.

NOTE - Sample for specimen collections may vary based on the patient’s condition/cases according to the patient’s presenting complaints/signs or symptoms:

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENT (Special or Rare Cases) - As instructed and guided by Physician / Clinician / Pathologist / as per Laboratory’s requirements, according to procedures and protocols.

This Multi-Specialty Clinical Referral Laboratory RT DIAGNOSTICS provides precise and accurate tests with an extensive range of testing services to the medical centres to help in the diagnosis and identification of pathology in the test specimens for infectious diseases and also to evaluate the function of organ systems of the patient. It prevents further complications and helps to stabilize and restore health to near normalcy at the earliest without delay.