Toxoplasma IgM Antibodies

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    Toxoplasmosis is a disorder occurring due to an infection from a parasite called Toxoplasma Gondi, one of the most common parasites found all over the world. The condition is usually caused by consuming undercooked meat or exposure to cat faeces. It may also spread from the mother to the child during pregnancy.

    The parasite is a single-celled organism that usually infects animals and birds. A human can contract this by exposure to animal faeces and consuming contaminated food like unwashed vegetables. During infection, the human body produces IgM antibodies that last for one to two weeks from the onset of the infection.

    After a few weeks, the IgG antibodies replace these and stay in the blood forever. However, the re-emergence of IgM antibodies may occur if the condition turns chronic. Hence, measuring the IgM antibodies in the blood may assist in determining the presence of toxoplasmosis in the blood. It is beneficial for pregnant women since the disease can lead to major foetal complications.

    The Toxoplasma IgM antibodies test is a diagnostic test to detect the presence of IgM antibodies in the blood and help in checking if a patient suffers from toxoplasmosis. The method of testing depends on the individual. Usually, it is a standard blood test where the clinical lab assistant draws blood from the vein in the arm. The technician stores the blood and sends it for further analysis. In pregnant women, the labs test the amniotic fluid to determine if the infection has spread to the foetus.

    The doctor may order a test for specific individuals, like:

    • Pregnant women who show signs of an infection, especially if they have recently been exposed to cat faeces or undercooked meat
    • Immunocompromised individuals, especially if they have HIV/AIDS.

    If the Toxoplasma IgM antibodies test results are negative, the patient lacks immunity against toxoplasmosis. Positive results may indicate recent exposure to toxoplasmosis and may help obtain a precise diagnosis. Not to mention, an immunocompromised individual may sometimes not have a strong antibody response to the parasite. Even if the results are negative, there might be a toxoplasmosis infection.

    Apollo 24/7 offers a comprehensive Toxoplasma IgM antibodies test to gauge the presence of toxoplasmosis-specific IgM antibodies and devise a treatment plan for it. Some of the common symptoms that might accompany a toxoplasmosis infection are:

    • Swollen lymph nodes
    • Fever, night sweats
    • Weakness, fatigue
    • Headache
    • Body aches

    Toxoplasmosis may also result in serious infections that affect the central nervous system. It can also lead to mental or visual changes and seizures. If one or more of these symptoms persist, it is vital to consult a healthcare practitioner and seek immediate medical attention.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by the Toxoplasma Gondi parasite. It is either caused by exposure to uncooked and contaminated meat or by direct exposure to cat faeces. The latter can also occur when you are cleaning cat faeces from the litter box. The oocytes in these can enter your body and cause health issues.
    The toxoplasma IgM antibodies test is a diagnostic test that measures the infection-specific IgM antibodies in the body. It is a simple blood test in which the patient’s blood sample is used to check for these antibodies. If positive, it may indicate the presence of a toxoplasmosis infection.
    Yes, the toxoplasma IgM antibodies test is a standard blood test that involves little to no complications. The clinical lab assistant draws blood from the palm of your hand and sends it for further analysis. At most, you might encounter slight bruising at the spot where the lab technician draws blood. However, this fades away without intervention.
    When the immune system detects a threat, it releases antibodies to counter the threat. The antibodies are of two types – IgM and IgE. The IgM antibodies are released immediately after the onset of the infection. Since these IgM antibodies fade away after a few days, it is a reliable diagnostic test to detect a recent toxoplasmosis infection.
    Usually, toxoplasmosis is a disease that can be cured with appropriate medication. It is a parasite-borne disease that may lead to swollen lymph glands and inflammation in various parts of the body. If diagnosed early with the help of a toxoplasma IgM antibodies test, this disease is entirely curable.
    Even if the mother is suffering from a toxoplasmosis infection, it might be rare for the placenta to catch the same. In fact, most of these cases do not lead to any congenital disabilities in the child.

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    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results