Toxoplasmosis, IgM (recent, acute)
Toxoplasmosis is an infection that is caused by a parasite that is common amongst the general population. This test measures the presence of IgM antibodies against the parasite in the blood.
Toxoplasmosis is an infection that is caused by a parasite that is common amongst the general population. Because it has a low virulence, it rarely produces symptoms since the body clears the parasite quickly. In people who are immunocompromised, such as those with HIV or organ transplant receivers, the infection can be severe. This test measures the presence of IgM antibodies against the parasite in the blood. When infected with toxo, IgM antibodies are the first antibodies to be produced during the disease duration. They are usually present in the blood for the first week or two before it eventually drops to undetectable levels, after which, IgG antibodies take over their function. Therefore, IgM is especially useful in determining if there is active disease, since this is the only time toxoplasmosis IgM antibodies will be present in the blood.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Swollen lymph nodes
• Fever, night sweats
• Weakness, fatigue
• Body aches
• Sometimes a sore throat
Also Known As: recent, acute, T Gondii
The Toxoplasmosis, IgM has no special requirements.
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround time for the Toxoplasmosis, IgM test is typically 1-3 business days.