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Overview

Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test is performed to detect the Epstein Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis disease.

What is Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test?

Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM is a blood test that helps doctors to diagnose mononucleosis. The VCA IgM antibodies appear during the early stage of EBV infection. The Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test is performed to detect mononucleosis in its early stages.

Why is the Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test suggested?

Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test is recommended to diagnose EBV symptoms, like

  • Swollen lymph nodes in armpits and neck.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Enlarged spleen.
  • Headache

How is Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test performed?

Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test is performed in the following ways, after exposure to EBV:

  • The blood sample is collected.
  • The sample is tested for VCA IgM antibodies for EBV.

The Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test allows the doctor to detect EBV in pregnant women.

What are the Parameters Measured in Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test?

Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test measures the level of Viral Capsid Antigen (VCA) IgM antibodies for EBV.

Preparation before Performing Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test

The following measures should be taken before the Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test:

  • Follow the instructions of the doctor on taking diet and medicines before the test.
  • Discuss our medical history with a doctor before going for the Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test.

 Post-care after Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test

You are allowed to go home after the Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test. Report any pain or discomfort to your doctor.

Sample types in Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM Test

The Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test only requires a blood sample.

Side effects of Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test?

The possible side effects of Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test include

  • Excessive bleeding from the sample collection site for Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM test.
  • Bruising and infection at the injection

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