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Parvovirus Blood Test - More Information
The parvovirus test, also known as a parvovirus B19 antibody test, parvovirus B19 IgG test and parvovirus blood test, measures the parvovirus IgG and IgM antibody blood levels.
Parvovirus B19 infections are typically known because they can cause fifth disease. Fifth disease, also known as erythema infectiosum, causes a rash on the trunk and limbs and a slapped cheek appearance on the face. Although it usually affects children, fifth disease can cause joint swelling and discomfort in adults and can lead to more serious conditions such as anemia.
The parvovirus B19 blood test measures the parvovirus IgG and IgM antibodies. IgM antibodies tend to be elevated early in a B19 virus infection while parvovirus IgG antibodies tend to convey longer term protection and, in most cases, immunity to parvovirus.
Getting a parvovirus B19 test near you at a Quest Diagnostics lab is a straightforward process. Order online and get tested at your selected lab. When the parvovirus B19 lab report is available, you will be able to download it. As can be seen on the sample parvovirus B19 lab results, the parvovirus IgG and IgM antibody levels are reported as numbers which can be compared against the reference range provided by the lab.
This parvovirus lab test is sometimes ordered with the infection test panel for a more comprehensive screening for infections.
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