This PCR method is used to identify T.gondii DNA in the blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of immunosuppressed patients, or in the amniotic fluid of pregnant mothers.
What is the Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test?
The Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test tests for Toxoplasma gondii (T.gondii), which is a parasite that can cause brain inflammation and is present in AIDS or transplant patients, which can cause fetal death or abnormalities, like blindness, in the fetus during pregnancy.
Why is the Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test suggested?
This is a blood test which is ordered when a pregnant woman or immunosuppressed patient is exposed to T.gondii through contaminated food, raw meat, etc.
It is also ordered when a person has flu-like systems which include
- Sore throat.
- Swollen lymph nodes.
It is also ordered when seizures or mental changes occur.
How is the Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test performed?
The nurse/lab technician rinses the skin with an alcohol pad, inserts a needle into a vein on the rinsed skin, draws blood, and stores it in a small vial.
What are the parameters measured in the Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test?
The test detects and measures the presence of T.gondii DNA in the blood. A positive test result indicates the presence of HIV. A negative result means HIV is not detected.
Preparation before performing the Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test
There is no fasting required before the test unless stated by the doctor.
Post-care after the Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test
The patient should avoid any strenuous activity throughout the day. If bleeding occurs, pressure should be applied at the needle site.
Sample types in the Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test
A blood sample, amniotic fluid, or cerebrospinal fluid sample is required, depending on the case.
Side effects/Risks of the Toxoplasma DNA PCR – Qualitative test
The side effects of the blood test might include
- Slight bruising or throbbing at the needle site.