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Child tested positive for EBV. What does it mean? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 14-Mar-2013
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User:hi doctor
User:my son has tested +ve for EBV
User:can u please explain me what this is
Doctor:May i know his age ?? and the name of the test done ?
User:he is 8
User:he had streptococi ingection a few days back
User:was hospitalised and treated he is fine now
Doctor:was this a antibody test, ?? if so was this a IGG test or a IgM test ?
User:let me check and revert in a min pls
User:EBV (VCA)/IGM (serum/elisa) :
User:test description infection
User:+ve (20.56)
Doctor:was the test for IgG also done ?
Doctor:the test done so far is to detect EBV infection, which is a very common cause of respiratory infection
Doctor:but since this is a very common infection, and most kids, by the age of 5 - 10 yrs will be exposed to this ,
User:hope its not serious
User:coz i see the wors elisa here
Doctor:presence of I gM positivity is a indicator of recent viral infection
Doctor:but , the test can also cross react with other viruses also like CMV, etc
Doctor:first and foremost, has your doctor mentioned that your son, has a enlarged spleen ?
Doctor:also, were there any other tests done, along with the above test ?
User:whats an enlarged spleen?
User:ok i got it
User:did a google
Doctor:it is a enlargement of spleen , which is situated in the left side of the abdomen
Doctor:and this is enlarged in EBV infections
Doctor:presence of the antibody, without any other issues, is a nonspecific finding, and there is no need to worry about it
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