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Toxoplasmosis Testing

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Also known as: Toxoplasma gondii, T. gondii
Formal name: Toxoplasma gondii Antibodies, IgG, IgM; Toxoplasma gondii Molecular Detection by PCR

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect a Toxoplasma gondii infection in a pregnant woman, unborn baby, or in a person with a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) who has flu-like symptoms; sometimes to determine if a person has been previously infected or to help determine if complications are due to an active Toxoplasma infection

When to Get Tested?

When a pregnant woman or a person with a weakened immune system has been exposed to T. gondii and/or has flu-like symptoms or a severe eye or brain infection that a health practitioner suspects are due to toxoplasmosis

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or amniotic fluid sample

Test Preparation Needed?

None