Felis ISSN 2398-2950

FIP / FCV test

Synonym(s): Feline coronavirus test

Contributor(s): David Godfrey

Overview

  • Infection with coronavirus Feline corona virus: FIP results in the production of circulating antibodies detectable by serology.
  • This has a poor correlation with feline infectious peritonitis disease (FIP) Feline infectious peritonitis itself but does have a limited diagnostic usefulness when investigating a potential FIP case.
    The diagnosis of FIP must never be made on antibody titers alone.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

Validity

Sensitivity

  • Poor.

Specificity

  • Poor.

Predictive value

  • Of some use but only in combination with the presentation, signs, other diagnostic tests and histopathology.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • Neither specific nor sensitive for FIP.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Pedersen N C (2009) A review of feline infectious peritonitis virus infection: 1963-2008. J Feline Med Surg 11, 225-258 PubMed.
  • Addie D D et al(2004) Evaluation of an in-practice test for feline coronavirus antibodiesJ Feline Med Surg 6(2), 63-67 PubMed DOI.
  • Sparkes AH, Gruffyd-Jones T J, Harbour D A (1994) An appraisal of the value of laboratory tests in the diagnosis of FIP. JAAHA 30, 345-350.
  • Ingersoll J D & Wylie D E (1988) Comparison of serologic assays for measurement of antibody response to coronavirus in cats. Am J Vet Res 49, 1472-1478.


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