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Toxoplasmosis Test

What Affects the Test

Other infections can cause a false-positive result in a newborn.

Other antibodies, such as rheumatoid factor or antinuclear antibodies, may also cause a false-positive result.

What To Think About

  • If your baby has the IgG antibody, he or she is not infected. If your baby has the IgM antibody, he or she does have toxoplasmosis.
  • Your newborn baby may be given a TORCH test at the same time as a toxoplasmosis test. TORCH stands for Toxoplasmosis, Other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, and Herpes. The TORCH test checks to see if your baby has any of these infections.
  • For more information on toxoplasmosis infection in pregnancy, see the topic Toxoplasmosis During Pregnancy.
  • The toxoplasmosis polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test checks your amniotic fluid to see if toxoplasmosis is present. This test may be more accurate than other tests in finding an infection in your growing baby (fetus).

Citations

  1. Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

Other Works Consulted

  • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

  • Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

  • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last RevisedJune 2, 2011
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Last Updated: June 02, 2011
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