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Mumps Virus Antibody IgM

Overview

The Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test checks the level of IgM and IgG antibodies to the mumps virus in one’s blood.

What is Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test?

The Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test is used to check the level of antibodies like IgM and IgG, which develop when one suffers from mumps or have recently been vaccinated.

Mumps has very flu-like symptoms but it mostly causes swelling of the salivary glands, ears, and the jaw. The immune system develops antibodies to fight against mumps. The Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test helps in determining the level of these antibodies.

The Mumps Virus Antibody IgM is essential for children as although the disease is rare, it can give rise to meningitis, deafness, and breast/testicular inflammation.

Why is Mumps Virus Antibody IgM suggested?

A Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test is suggested if a patient shows the following symptoms:

  • Muscle ache.
  • Exhaustion
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen jaw.

How is the Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test performed?

The Mumps Virus Antibody IgM is performed as follows:

  • A needle is injected to draw blood from the patient’s arm.
  • It is collected in a test tube and then checked for the presence of antibodies.

The Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

What are the parameters measured in the Mumps Virus Antibody IgM?

The ImG values should be negative in a Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test. The value of 0.00-0.79 is considered negative for all age groups.

Preparation for Mumps Virus Antibody IgM

There is no preparation required for the Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test.

Post-care after Mumps Virus Antibody IgM

Since blood is taken from the arm in a Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test, one should avoid any heavy lifting.

Sample types in Mumps Virus Antibody IgM

Blood is collected as a sample in a Mumps Virus Antibody IgM test.

Side effects/risks of Mumps Virus Antibody IgM

The risks involved with Mumps Virus Antibody IgM are as follows:

  • Infection due to bleeding.
  • Light-headedness.

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