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Toxoplasmosis

Also known as: Toxoplasmosis, Toxoplasma gondii
Formal name: Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies, IgG, IgM; Toxoplasma gondii Molecular Detection by PCR
Related tests: TORCH; CSF Analysis; Amniotic Fluid Analysis

Why should I do it?
To detect a Toxoplasma gondii infection in a pregnant woman, fetus, or in an immunocompromised person with flu-like symptoms; sometimes to determine if a person has been previously infected or to help determine if complications are due to an active Toxoplasma infection

When should I do it?
When a pregnant woman or an immunocompromised person has been exposed to T. gondii and/or has flu-like symptoms or severe eye or brain infection that a doctor suspects are due to toxoplasmosis

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or amniotic fluid sample

Test Preparation Needed?
None