Measles

Last updated: Friday, 06, August, 2010
PresentationAppropriate Tests

The diagnosis is usually obvious clinically.

If rapid confirmation is required during acute illness: nasopharyngeal aspirate for viral detection, culture.

Measles virus antibodies only indicated if the diagnosis is in doubt.

Exanthem

Conjuncivitis

Pneumonia

Encephalitis 

Cerebrospinal fluid examination.

  • SSPE¬†

CSF and serum: measles virus antibodies and rubella virus antibodies, with comparison of titres.

Cerebrospinal fluid examination for oligoclonal bands.