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Year : 1990  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133--135

Phagocytic activity and the response to autovaccines in recurrent staphylococcal boils

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A C Karnik

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The present study was aimed to see the relationship between the phagocytic function as determined by NBT reduction test and the response to the staphylococal boils. Of the 34 cases of recurrent staphylococcal cutaneous infections, 19 showed normal phagocytic activity while 2 had marginally diminished and 13 had grossly diminished phagocytic activity. Sixteen of the vaccines (84%) with normal phagocytic funetion responded well to the vaccine therapy while only 3 of the 13 (23%) with poor phagocytic function showed the beneficial effects of the autovaccines. Thus the findings recommend the use of staphyloccoccal autovaccines in the cases with adequate phagocytic activity as seen by NBT reduction test but not as much for those with inadequate phagocytic function.

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