Varicella (Chicken Pox) Titer Blood Test
Test Code: 096206
Specimen Type: Blood
Varicella (Chicken Pox) IgG Antibody Titer Blood Test (Labcorp)
The Varicella Antibodies IgG test is typically done to check for immunity to the virus which causes chickenpox. Varicella-Zoster Virus which causes chickenpox belongs to the same family as the virus that causes herpes simplex. When the body is exposed to the virus, the immune system produces antibodies. Once a person has recovered, IgG antibodies provide protection from future infection. Results or the varicella titer provide a numerical value for the IgG antibody level which can be compared to a reference interval to determine if someone is immune or not. IgG antibodies are usually detectable within a few weeks of the initial infection. In the United States, it is common for people to be vaccinated against varicella when they are younger. Most people who contract chickenpox develop natural immunity.
Chickenpox is the most common disease to develop from varicella infection. Symptoms usually include an itchy rash and the development of small fluid-filled blisters. During the primary infection, chickenpox is highly contagious and spread from one person to another through coughing, sneezing, or touching fluid from the blisters. Most cases of chickenpox do not require treatment and clear up in a short period of time. After recovery the virus becomes dormant. There is a possibility for the virus to reactivate later in life, especially in those with weakened immune systems. This can cause shingles, a condition characterized by a painful burning or itching sensation on one or more areas of the body. Shingles typically clear up after a few weeks as the virus becomes latent again.
The Varicella IgG Antibody Titer is usually ordered when someone is required to show proof of immune status for work or school. It may also be done for organ transplant patients or pregnant women.
The Varicella Titer is also available as part of our Immunity Panel which includes other common titer tests.
Turnaround time for the Varicella Zoster Virus Antibodies, IgG test is typically 1-3 business days.
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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.Varicella Titer Overview