Cysticercus Antibody Western Blot Blood Test, IgG
The Cysticercus Antibody Western Blot Blood Test, IgG, detects IgG antibodies to T. solium to screen for a cysticercosis infection.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Cysticercus Antibody Western Blot Blood Test, IgG, which detects IgG antibodies to T. solium to screen for a cysticercosis infection. Cysticercosis is caused by a parasite called Taenia solium (T. solium) that forms cysts in various areas of the body. T. solium is a type of pork tapeworm, and the infection is caused by ingesting its eggs, which can be found in contaminated food. Autoinfection, or the consumption of T. solium eggs by a person already infected with adult tapeworms, can occur due to improper hand washing after defecation (fecal-oral transmission).
Several risk factors increase the likelihood of developing cysticercosis. One such factor is eating pork, fruits, or vegetables contaminated with T. solium due to undercooking or improper food preparation. The disease can also be transmitted through contact with infected feces. While cysticercosis is rare in the United States, it is prevalent in many developing countries. Therefore, it is essential to take proper precautions to avoid contracting this disease.
It is important to note that a negative test result does not exclude the diagnosis of neurocysticercosis, particularly if only a single brain lesion is present. The sensitivity increases from 50% or less for a solitary brain cyst to greater than 90% if 3 or more cysts are present.
When should I order a Cysticercus Antibody Western Blot Blood Test, IgG?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to a cysticercosis infection. Common signs or symptoms of this condition include:
- Seizures or symptoms similar to a brain tumor
- Vision impairment or blindness
- Abnormal heart rhythm or heart failure
- Weakness and fatigue
- Loss of mobility due to nerve damage in the spine
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