Three New Test Descriptions Added to Lab Tests Online

November 13, 2010

November 13, 2010--Test descriptions covering the following tests were recently added to Lab Tests Online:

Toxoplasmosis: Toxoplasmosis testing is performed in order to detect and diagnose a current or past Toxoplasma gondii infection. T. gondii is a microscopic parasite that infects cats and can be found in the soil. In most healthy humans, the infection either causes no symptoms or results in a mild flu-like illness. When a pregnant woman becomes infected, however, and passes it to her unborn child, or a person with a weakened immune system becomes infected, the microorganism can cause severe complications.

Amniotic Fluid Analysis: Also known as amniocentesis, an amniotic fluid analysis is performed to detect and diagnose some birth defects, genetic diseases, and chromosome abnormalities in a fetus, especially if standard pregnancy screening tests are abnormal. The analysis is also used to evaluate fetal lung maturity and to help diagnose and monitor hemolytic disease in a fetus.

Serum Free Light Chains: The test for free light chains helps detect, diagnose, and monitor a group of conditions called plasma cell disorders that can cause bone pain and fractures, anemia, fatigue, weight loss, and kidney dysfunction.