Mumps Blood Test, IgG
The Mumps Blood Test, IgG, measures and detects antibodies to mumps to help confirm immunity.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Mumps Blood Test, IgG, which detects antibodies to mumps to help confirm immunity. Often schools and certain companies require their students and workers to provide proof of immune status. In addition, this test can help determine if an individual has been vaccinated against or previously infected by mumps. Mumps is a contagious viral infection easily spread through coughing, sneezing, talking, sharing items, or touching surfaces with respiratory droplets or saliva (e.g., cups and utensils). About 2 to 3 weeks after infection, individuals typically experience flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, sore muscles, fever, and swollen salivary glands. Typically, this is a mild, self-limited illness. Still, some may develop complications such as deafness, inflammation of the testicles or ovaries, pancreatitis, meningitis, or encephalitis.
When should I order a Mumps Blood Test, IgG?
Individuals interested in determining their immunity to mumps may order this test. Individuals should also note that this test cannot distinguish between a past or current infection; therefore, a positive result may indicate active infection and not immunity. However, suppose an active infection is not suspected based on the individual’s history, clinical signs, and other laboratory results. In that case, a positive IgG result is likely due to past infection, and the individual is assumed to be immune to the disease. Individuals are advised to follow up with their doctor or healthcare provider if they have significant concerns or questions about their results.
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