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Overview

Weil – Felix test is used to diagnose typhus and specific rickettsial infections.

What is Weil – Felix test?

Weil – Felix test is an agglutination test to examine the presence of rickettsia. Weil – Felix test is only a preliminary screening test for rickettsia as it does not provide any evidence. Weil – Felix test is used to examine the presence of anti-rickettsial antibodies in your blood. [1]

Why is the Weil – Felix test suggested?

Weil – Felix test is suggested when you experience the following symptoms

  • Lack of appetite and fever.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Swelling of parotid glands. [2]

How is the Weil – Felix test performed?

Weil – Felix test involves the collection of blood sample from the patient.

  • Slide method and Tube method are employed for analysis.
  • The preferred antigen is dropped into the blood sample placed on a slide and is rotated.
  • Visible coagulation confirms the presence of the infection.

It takes 24 to 36 hours for the results of Weil – Felix test to be obtained. [3]

What are the parameters measured in the Weil – Felix test?

Weil – Felix test is used to measure the level of anti-rickettsial antibodies in your blood. [2]

Preparation before performing Weil – Felix test

No special preparation is needed before Weil – Felix test.

  • Avoid alcohol or any medication 24 hours before performing the Weil – Felix test. [2]

Post-care after Weil – Felix test

You can resume your normal activities after the Weil – Felix test.

  • Contact your doctor if you have prolonged pain or any infection in the injected site. [2]

Sample types in Weil – Felix test

A blood sample is used in the Weil – Felix test. [2]

At mfine, we employ radical treatment programs and perform various diagnosis including Weil – Felix test.

Side-effects of Weil – Felix test

There are no noticeable side-effects for Weil – Felix test.

  • Mild pain when drawing the blood.
  • Bruising or infection at the injected site. [2]

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