About Toxoplasma

Available Tests for Toxoplasma

Antibodies

Toxoplasma-IgA- and -IgG-antibodies
(Serum tube)

PCR

Toxoplasma-DNA-PCR
from biopsies

Bacteria:

Toxoplasma gondii (protozoon), parasitic disease

Vector / Transmission:

oral (undercooked meat of infected animals, cat feces, transmission of an infected mother to fetus through placenta)

Symptoms:

hyperpyrexia, lymphadenopathy, lymphocytosis, encephalitis, pneumonitis, myocarditis, myositis

Fetal toxoplasmosis:

severe birth defects (blindness, hydrocephalus, mental retardation)

Risk factors:

Immune suppression (children, older people).