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is the western blot test accurate?

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is the western blot test accurate?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 2 years ago.
yes. It is very, very accurate and sensitive.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

one more question is the western blot more extensive then other tests

Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hmmm.....I'm not sure that more extensive is the right word. It is confirmatory...what I mean by that is Western Blot is not prone to errors as much as other tests.

What I mean is that if you have a test that is designed to tell apples and oranges apart but sometimes if there is a peach in the mix it may get confused, and you do the test and it tells you that you have an apple you are not really sure if you have an apple -- it could be that the test is confused and you really have a peach.

In this example you would the retest your item with western blot, which is never confused by peaches. If this test says you've got an apply you can feel very confident that you, indeed, have an apple.

What I am trying to say is that Western Blot calls it like it is and is very rarely wrong whereas other, less sensitive and specific tests can give you a false result.

Does that make sense?
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