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Schistosoma IgG Antibody Blood Test

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Schistosoma IgG Antibody Blood Test

Schistosomiasis Blood Test, Bilharzia


Test Code: 34306
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Schistosoma IgG Antibody Blood Test

The Schistosoma IgG Antibody test looks for antibodies to parasitic infectionSchistosomiasis, or bilharzia, is a disease caused by several species of parasitic worms, the most common of which is Schistosoma mansoni.  Schistosome parasites are carried by snails that live in freshwater.  The most common way that people are infected is by drinking, swimming, or bathing in contaminated water.  Symptoms can develop as early as few days after infection.  Common symptoms include rash, itchy skin, fever, chills, cough, and muscle aches.  If left untreated, infections can cause damage to the liver, intestines, lungs, and bladder.  

Schistosoma IgG antibody testing has a specificity of 99% and sensitivity of 96% for detecting infection with Schistosoma mansoni.  The sensitivity for other species is lower, closer to 55%.  While blood testing for Schistosoma antibodies can help to identify an infection, multiple tests on different specimen types are often necessary.  Blood testing for Schistosoma antibodies may be ordered along with an ova and parasite test on a stool and/or urine sample.

Turnaround for the Schistosoma Antibody test is typically 4-10 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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