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What is the gold standard for laboratory confirmation of a mumps case?

What is the gold standard for laboratory confirmation of a mumps case?

Mumps immunity: Two sets of blood tests will have to be performed in order to confirm the development of mumps disease. As is usual with other viral illnesses, mumps antibody (igm and igg) levels are performed during the first week of the illness (acute stage) and again about 4-6 weeks later during the recovery period. The IgM confirms that the infection is due to current mumps; the IgG level confirms immunity. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

Mumps is a viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (esp. Parotid behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more


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Are there lab tests to confirm the diagnosis of mumps?

Yes: There is blood test to diagnose mumps, it can tell you if your are having mumps at present or you had it in the past.You get blood result in2 days ...Read more

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Does a lab test, testing for measles, mumps, and chickenpox, also detect rubella?

Does a lab test, testing for measles, mumps, and chickenpox, also detect rubella?

No: All of these viruses are detected by individual blood tests. A separate one is needed for each. ...Read more

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What is the gold standard for laboratory confirmation of measles in pregnancy?

What is the gold standard for laboratory confirmation of measles in pregnancy?

Immune status: Ordering measles antibodies through blood testing will determine if you have had measles. The IgM titer will reveal a recent infection; the IgG titer will reveal past infection and immunity. ...Read more

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I have been tested twice thru the RDL lab out of Ca. I've been told this is the "gold standard". What do u think about this particular lab?

I have been tested twice thru the RDL lab out of Ca. I've been told this is the "gold standard". What do u think about this particular lab?

GoldStandard ofWhat?: While http://www.rdlinc.com, by their chosen name, is a reference lab (indicating that they create standards for other labs to refer to) the far larger issue is what is being tested for and how. Labs only measure selected biomarkers (study biomarker on wikipedia), a useful yet very limited subset of indicators sometimes useful in deducing diagnostic labels & tracking responses to some treatments. ...Read more

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I was told that RDL out of Ca. is the gold standard lab for ANA profile. What are your thoughts on this?

I was told that RDL out of Ca. is the gold standard lab for ANA profile. What are your thoughts on this?

That's news to me: And I'm a pathologist, a specialist in lab medicine. The ANA is NEVER more than just one small piece that a physician uses to make a diagnosis. One older woman out of four has a positive ANA despite being perfectly healthy. This is a hard concept to get people to understand, but it's the truth. ...Read more

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How long does it take for mumps to go away?

Mumps: Symptoms should usually subside over a week or two unless complications have occurred. ...Read more

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What to give to a 1week old baby, exposed to an adult with mumps?

What to give to a 1week old baby, exposed to an adult with mumps?

Nothing specific: Since the mother likely had mumps as a kid or had the vaccine, a 1 wk old would likely have passive immunity acquired from placental antibodies.Breast feeding can provide some additional benefits, but the placental antibodies baby already has is thought to prevent any benefit from a mumps shot prior to 6 mo. ...Read more

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Is there any known long term effect from having the mumps as a child?

Is there any known long term effect from having the mumps as a child?

Immunity: There is no significant long term effect of having childhood mumps other than immunity. It tends to ba a much harsher illness in adults. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Laboratory (Definition)

Is facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments & measurements are performed. An example is medical (clinical) lab where tests are done on clinical specimens in order to get info. About the health of a patient in terms ...Read more