Epstein-Barr Virus Antibodies

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Also known as: EBV Antibodies; EBV VCA-IgM Ab; EBV VCA-IgG Ab; EBNA-IgG Ab; EA-D IgG Ab
Formal name: Epstein-Barr Virus Antibody to Viral Capsid Antigen, IgM; Epstein-Barr Virus Antibody to Viral Capsid Antigen, IgG; Epstein-Barr Virus Antibody to Nuclear Antigen, IgG; Epstein-Barr Virus Antibody to Early D Antigen, IgG; Heterophile Antibodies (see Monospot)

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose glandular fever (also known as Infectious Mononucleosis); to help evaluate susceptibility to EBV infection; to distinguish between an EBV infection and another illness with similar symptoms

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms of glandular fever but a negative Monospot test; when a pregnant woman has flu-like symptoms; sometimes when an asymptomatic person has been exposed to EBV

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is needed.