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Overview Brief

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

What is Anti Streptolysin O Titer?

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

Why is Anti Streptolysin O Titer suggested?

The Anti Streptolysin O Titer 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.
  • Anti Streptolysin O Titer test may also be suggested in the presence of scarlet fever, as it is an indicator of strep infection.

How is Anti Streptolysin O Titer test performed?

Anti Streptolysin O Titer 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 Titer.

What are the parameters measured in Anti Streptolysin O Titer?

Anti Streptolysin O Titer 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 Titer

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

Post-care after Anti Streptolysin O Titer

Anti Streptolysin O Titer 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.

Post-care after Anti Streptolysin O Titer

Anti Streptolysin O Titer 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.

Side effects/risks of Anti Streptolysin O Titer

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

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