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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
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
No: All of these viruses are detected by individual blood tests. A separate one is needed for each. ...Read more
1 year old has swelling on left side of neck and fever off and on for 7 days. Lab work shows elevated white blood count. Negative for mumps. Any idea?
Mgt: He may have an infected lymph node, and a course of antibiotics. A TB ski test can also be placed. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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