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What test for rotavirus and why?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Several tests

Commercial assays for detecting group-a antigens; viral cultures, or serological response by antibody testing (generally retrospective).
There is little benefit to individual patients to proving the cause for the viral illness since there is no specific treatment available, and most therapy is for dehydration, control of vomiting and diarrhea, and dealing with infrequent complications.

In brief: Several tests

Commercial assays for detecting group-a antigens; viral cultures, or serological response by antibody testing (generally retrospective).
There is little benefit to individual patients to proving the cause for the viral illness since there is no specific treatment available, and most therapy is for dehydration, control of vomiting and diarrhea, and dealing with infrequent complications.
Dr. Martin Raff
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