Rapid assay of lactoferrin in keratoconjunctivitis sicca

C. J. McCollum, G. N. Foulks, B. Bodner, J. Shepard, K. Daniels, V. Gross, L. Kelly, H. D. Cavanagh

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We compared measurement of lactoferrin concentration by the LactoCard solid phase ELISA assay with the LactoPlate radial immunodiffusion assay in tears of normal patients and those with keratoconjunctivitis sicca. The LactoCard, a new lactoferrin assay, allows rapid determination of tear lactoferrin concentration in 10-15 min, a notable improvement over the 3 days required of the LactoPlate. There was no statistically significant difference between the accuracy of the two assays in normal patients nor in those patients with a diagnosis of keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Both assays showed a significant decrease in tear lactoferrin concentration in patients with severe keratoconjunctivitis sicca when compared to normal patients. The LactoCard is a rapid and reliable means of measuring tear lactoferrin concentration in a clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-508
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
  • Lactoferrin
  • Tears

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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