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Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG

Overview

The Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) VCA IgG test helps to diagnose a mononucleosis disease caused by the Epstein Barr Virus, which is a member of the herpes virus family.

What is Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test?

Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG is a blood test to diagnose mononucleosis. The VCA IgG antibodies appear in the acute stage of the infection. The Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test is also conducted to detect EBV in pregnant women.

Why is Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test suggested?

Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test is recommended to diagnose symptoms of mononucleosis, such as

  • Sore throat.
  • Extreme weakness.
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes.

How is Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test performed?

The Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test is performed during the acute stage of infection (between 2 to 4 weeks after being infected) using the following steps:

  • An intravenous blood sample is collected.
  • The sample is tested for VCA IgG antibodies for EBV.

The Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test allows the doctor to distinguish between EBV and other viruses, which cause the same symptoms.

What are the parameters measured in Epstein Barr Virus VCA IGG test?

Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG Test measures the level of Viral Capsid Antigen IgG antibodies for EBV.

Preparation before performing the Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test

Follow the instructions of the doctor regarding the food and medicines to be consumed before the test.

 Post care after the Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test

The Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test does not require any post-care. However, the patient may rest for some time if they feel dizzy.

Sample types in Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG Test

The Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG Test requires only a blood sample.

Side effects of Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test

The following side effects may occur as a result of the test:

  • Slight pain at the sample collection site.
  • Weakness or dizziness can be felt after the Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgG test.

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