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What do my widal test results indicate?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: my 2 year 3 month baby's widal test result is

s.typhi O - 1:20
s.typhi H - 1:20
s.para typhi AH - 1:20 Consecutive rising titers are confirmatory.
s.para typhi BH - 1:20

can you tell me, whether he is having typoid or not
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Titers are not high enough

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for posting your query on HealthcareMagic.

All four values mentioned are not-positive for typhoid. These values are considered positive if above 1:80 titer.

But it should be correlated with clinical symptoms like fever, diarrhea, pain abdomen, weakness. If these symptoms are present then it is suggestive of typhoid and antibiotics needed. Otherwise antibiotics are not needed.

I would suggest that you repeat the test in 1 week. Give well cooked hygienic food and cleaner drinking water at all times from today itself. The caregiver and the baby himself has to wash his/her hands before eating. Give him softer foods till his gut heals. Paracetamol is to be given only if fever present.

Hope it helps.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr Vaishalee
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Brief Answer: Titers are not high enough Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for posting your query on HealthcareMagic. All four values mentioned are not-positive for typhoid. These values are considered positive if above 1:80 titer. But it should be correlated with clinical symptoms like fever, diarrhea, pain abdomen, weakness. If these symptoms are present then it is suggestive of typhoid and antibiotics needed. Otherwise antibiotics are not needed. I would suggest that you repeat the test in 1 week. Give well cooked hygienic food and cleaner drinking water at all times from today itself. The caregiver and the baby himself has to wash his/her hands before eating. Give him softer foods till his gut heals. Paracetamol is to be given only if fever present. Hope it helps. Let me know if I can assist you further. Dr Vaishalee