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Overview Brief

Anti Streptolysin O Rapid test is done to diagnose a recent strep infection caused by the bacteria group A Streptococcus.

What is Anti Streptolysin O Rapid?

Anti Streptolysin O Rapid test is used to diagnose complications that may result from strep infection such as kidney disease and rheumatic fever.[1]

Why is Anti Streptolysin O Rapid suggested?

The Anti Streptolysin O Rapid test is suggested in case of the following symptoms [2]:-

  • An infection of the inner lining of the heart, as it is an indicator of strep infection.
  • In the presence of kidney disease.
  • Presence of rheumatic fever is an indicator of strep infection.

In Anti Streptolysin O Rapid the presence of a strep throat is the main indicator.[2]

How is Anti Streptolysin O Rapid performed?

Anti Streptolysin O Rapid test is performed as follows:

  • A blood sample is drawn from the patient.
  • The blood sample is tested for the presence of Anti Streptolysin O.

 

What are the parameters measured in Anti Streptolysin O Rapid?

Anti Streptolysin O Rapid test measures the presence of antibodies in the given test sample.[1]

  • A negative Anti Streptolysin O or one that is present in very low titers indicates that the person hasn’t suffered from a strep infection.
  • Elevated levels of antibody titer indicate that the person being tested has likely had a recent strep infection.

Preparation before performing Anti Streptolysin O Rapid

The patient has to fast for 6 hours before giving the blood sample for Anti Streptolysin O Rapid test.

Post-care after Anti Streptolysin O Rapid

Anti Streptolysin O Rapid test is a simple procedure. No special care is required post the sample for testing has been given.

A bandage may be required in case blood is drawn.

Sample types in Anti Streptolysin O Rapid

Anti Streptolysin O Rapid test is done only by the use of blood samples of patients.

Side effects/risks of Anti Streptolysin O Rapid

Anti Streptolysin O Rapid is a simple lab test hence, there are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test.

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