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Tetanus Titer Blood Test

A tetanus titer blood test is an immunity verification test for tetanus.


Test Code: 163691

Also Known As: Tetanus Toxin Antibodies

Methodology: Enzyme immunoassay (EIA)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 2-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.


Test Code: 4862

Also Known As: Tetanus Toxin Antibodies

Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 2-3 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Tetanus is a bacterial infection that affects the nervous system, however, it can ultimately advance to other parts of the body. Because of the vaccine, tetanus is avoidable. A booster will be needed every 10 years to make sure that immunity is still present. 

An infection has been associated with:

  • burns
  • animal bites
  • piercings, tattoos, drug use, or injury (ie stepping on a nail)
  • crush injuries

Symptoms associated with tetanus:

  • difficulty swallowing
  • spasms or stiffness in muscles such as jaw, abdomen, chest, back or neck
  • fast heart rate
  • fever
  • sweating
  • high blood pressure

This test will help to determine if an individual has immunity to tetanus. 

Also available in the TDap Titer Blood Test Panel

 

 

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