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Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection

Also known as P. falciparum and Vivax Ag, Malarial Parasite Dual Antigen (MPDA)
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Understanding Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection

What is Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection?

A Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test screens for specific malarial antigens in the blood associated with two common types of malaria parasites, Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum. It aids in the identification of malarial infections by detecting the proteins produced by these parasites. 

Malaria is a potentially serious infectious disease caused by parasites of the Plasmodium group, commonly transmitted through mosquito bites. Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum are widespread types, entering the blood during a mosquito bite, causing symptoms like fever, chills, sweating, muscle pain, headache, and other flu-like symptoms. If left untreated, malaria can lead to severe complications, including organ failure. 

Early diagnosis is important for effective malaria management, therefore, Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test plays a pivotal role in identifying the parasite’s antigen in the blood. This test targets specific proteins produced by Plasmodium parasites. When infected, these parasites multiply within red blood cells, releasing distinctive antigens. Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test utilizes antibodies that specifically bind to these antigens, helping detect an ongoing malaria infection.

Consider the Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test if you experience symptoms suggestive of malaria, such as fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms, especially after potential exposure to malaria-endemic areas. Additionally, travelers to such regions should consider this test, even if the symptoms have not yet manifested after waiting at least a week or two after potential exposure as it allows sufficient time for parasites to replicate, making them detectable by the Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test. In malaria-prone areas, periodic testing during high-risk seasons can be part of preventive healthcare measures.

No special preparation is required before undertaking the Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test. However, it is important to inform your doctor about any medications or supplements you may be taking, as certain medications may interfere with the test results. Additionally, providing details about recent travel to malaria-endemic areas and any symptoms you are experiencing may help the doctor correlate the clinical and laboratory findings.  

Abnormal test results require an expert interpretation, therefore, never try to self-medicate at home based solely on these results, and always consult a doctor for proper understanding of the test results. The insights from Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test allow prompt initiation of appropriate antimalarial treatment, preventing disease progression to severe stages and mitigating potential complications.

What is Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection used for?

A Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test is done: 

  • In case of symptoms suggestive of malaria such as fever with chills, and other flu-like symptoms.

  • After potential exposure to mosquitoes, especially in malaria-endemic areas, even without symptoms.

  • To identify which type of Plasmodium parasite is causing the infection.

  • As a part of a fever panel to determine if malaria is the cause of your fever.

  • To assess the effectiveness of malaria treatment. 

  • As a part of preventive screening especially before traveling to malaria-prone areas.

  • As a part of periodic health check, if you live in or often visit high-risk malaria regions.

What does Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection measure?

A Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test measures the presence of specific antigens (proteins) produced by Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum parasites. These antigens are released into the blood during the lifecycle of the parasites and serve as a marker for the presence of malaria infection. Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test targets and identifies these antigens, providing a means of detecting and differentiating between these two common types of malaria parasites.

Interpreting Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection results


  • Positive test for Plasmodium Falciparum indicates infection with the same parasite while the negative test is suggestive of no infection 

  • Positive test for Plasmodium vivax indicates infection with the same parasite while negative is suggestive of no infection



Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection

Frequently Asked Questions about Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection

Q. Is malaria solely transmitted through female Anopheles mosquito bites?

No, malaria is not exclusively caused by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. It can also result from factors such as organ transplants, needles or syringes sharing, or blood transfusion.

Q. Is there any risk associated with the Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test?

No, Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test poses no significant risk. Rarely, there might be slight vein swelling after blood sample withdrawal. Some people may feel mild, temporary pain or discomfort at the sample site, which is usually self-limiting.

Q. Is the Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test safe for children and pregnant women?

Yes, the Malarial Antigen (Vivax & Falciparum) Detection test is generally safe for children and pregnant women. However, it's important to consult with your doctor for personalized advice and guidance based on individual health condition.

Q. Which malarial parasites infect humans?

The most common malarial parasites that infect humans are Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium malariae, Plasmodium ovale, and Plasmodium falciparum. Each species can cause malaria and the severity of the infection may vary.

Q. Can I contract malaria more than once?

Yes, it is possible to contract malaria multiple times. While recovering from malaria provides some immunity but it is not lifelong. Reinfection can occur, therefore it is important to follow preventive measures against the infection.

Q. How do I recover from malaria?

If your malaria test is positive, promptly consult your doctor for appropriate treatment, including antimalarial medicines. Incorporate vitamin A and C-rich fruits and vegetables like pineapple, oranges, grapes, berries, lemon, beetroot, carrot, papaya, and sweet lime in your diet for detoxification and immune support.

Q. Can other diseases cause symptoms similar to malaria?

Yes, diseases like dengue, typhoid, and influenza can have symptoms resembling malaria. If you experience symptoms, especially after being in a malaria-prone area, it's crucial to get tested for an accurate diagnosis.
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