How Is Parvovirus Diagnosed?

How Is Parvovirus Diagnosed?

Parvovirus B19 can cause a number of different conditions. Your healthcare provider may suspect a parvovirus infection based on your symptoms, history of medical conditions, or other findings during a physical exam.
For example, a doctor can often diagnose fifth disease (which is caused by parvovirus B19) by seeing the typical rash during a physical examination (see Fifth Disease Pictures). Other conditions that are caused by a parvovirus infection may be more difficult to diagnose, so other tests may be recommended.

Labs Tests to Diagnose Parvovirus

In cases in which it is important to confirm the diagnosis, a blood test may be done to look for antibodies to parvovirus. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system in response to parvovirus B19 and other germs. If the immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibody to parvovirus B19 is detected, the test result suggests that the person has had a recent infection.

Human Parvovirus

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