Toxoplasma Ab IgM
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Results: 5-7 Business Days

Description: Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite in cats and is shed from the body in their feces. Humans are easily exposed to cyst forms; however, in most healthy humans, the infection either causes no symptoms or results in a mild flu-like illness. Infections from the cysts can cause complications especially in pregnant women and people that suffer from immune disorders.

IgM antibodies are the first to be produced by the body in response to a Toxoplasma infection. They are present in most individuals within a week or two after the initial exposure. IgM antibody production rises for a short time period and declines.

Methodology:
Immunoassay (IA)

Reference Range(s):
Negative: No IgM Antibody

Clinical Significance:
T. gondii IgM is typically detected within a few days of infection, peaks within a few weeks, and usually falls to undetectable levels within a few months. In some patients, however, T. gondii IgM persists for more than a year; Thus, detection of T. gondii IgM does not necessarily indicate recent or ongoing toxoplasmosis.

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.