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

Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2014 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.