Pertussis Antibodies Iga, IgM, IgG Blood Test
Test Code: 164541
Specimen Type: Blood
Pertussis Antibodies IgA, IgM, IgG
This test looks for 3 types of antibodies to the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is a respiratory infection that is typically spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes in close proximity to another person. Symptoms of pertussis typically include rapid coughing fits followed by a telltale whooping sound, fever, difficulty breathing, and exhaustion.
Antibodies to pertussis can take some time to develop. Iga and IgM antibodies are typically detectable within 3-4 weeks of the development of symptoms and may only be detectable for a period of 2-3 months. IgG antibodies develop as the other antibody levels begin to drop. Antibody testing can help to identify an early infection or rule out pertussis when someone had indeterminate symptoms. The presence of IgG antibodies may indicate that a person has had a previous infection or has been vaccinated against pertussis.
The IgA, IgM, and IgG antibody test is most commonly ordered when a person has symptoms of pertussis. A Pertussis Titer that just measures IgG antibodies is usually ordered alone or as part of a TDAP panel to determine if someone has protective antibodies due to vaccination.
Turnaround for the online Pertussis Antibody blood test is typically 2-6 business days.
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