Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM
What is EBV VCA IgM?
The test detects antibodies against Viral Capsid antigen (VCA ) of EBV. EBV causes mononucleosis, a disorder associated with fatigue, sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes & enlarged spleen. The virus is present in the saliva of the patients and is very contagious. Anti VCA IgM antibodies are detectable only after 4-6 weeks of infection. The test can also be ordered in the absence of symptoms in immunocompromised person who has been in close contact with the infected person.
Why is EBV VCA IgM done?
- To help diagnose infectious mononucleosis
- To distinguish between an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and another illness with similar symptoms
- To help evaluate chances to get EBV infection