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March 1979

Beaded Fluorescence Pattern on FTA-ABS Test Associated With Malignancy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(3):341-342. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010030049020

A beaded pattern of immunofluorescence (IF) occasionally occurs in routine FTA-ABS testing. This phenomenon strongly correlates with false-positive reactions in patients with SLE. We report on this IF finding in association with carcinoma of the colon.

(Arch Dermatol 115:341-342, 1979)