Mycoplasma (Walking) Pneumonia Antibody IgM IgG Blood Test
Test Code: 163758
Specimen Type: Blood
Mycoplasma (Walking) Pneumonia Antibody IgM IgG Test (Labcorp)
This test looks for antibodies to Mycoplasma Pneumoniae. Mycoplasma Pneumoniae is a type of bacteria that causes infections of the respiratory system. M. Pneumoniae infections tend to cause milder symptoms than other types of pneumonia. For this reason, M. Pneumoniae is sometimes referred to as walking pneumonia. The most common symptoms of M. Pneumoniae are sore throat, fever, cough, headache, and fatigue. Mycoplasma Pneumoniae can be treated with antibiotics. In some cases, when left untreated, M. Pneumoniae can progress to a more severe infection.
This test looks for both IgM and IgG antibodies. IgM antibodies typically develop shortly after infection and then decline over time. IgG antibodies begin to develop after IgM antibodies and can remain at detectable levels for life, even after a person has been successfully treated. Testing for Mycoplasma Pneumoniae antibodies can help differentiate it from other types of infections that cause similar symptoms. These tests can also help determine if a person has an acute or chronic infection. Multiple tests are sometimes ordered over time to monitor how antibody levels rise and fall.
The turnaround for this test is typically 3-6 business days.
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