For detection of the parasitic protozoa of Toxoplasma gondii.
This test is useful for the following conditions: a) Diagnosis of infection in an immunocompromised patient. b) Diagnosis of infection in a neonate born to an infected mother. c) Diagnosis of transplacental infection in a foetus. d) Diagnosis of endopthalmitis/retinochoroiditis. e) Confirmation of Toxoplasma gondii diagnosis by other methods.
(a) Blood: 5 mL blood in sterile EDTA tube. (b) CSF or amniotic fluid: At least 0.5 mL – 1.0 mL of undiluted sample in a sterile and leak-proof screw-capped container without any additives. (c) Fresh brain tissue of at least 5 X 5 X 5 mm sent in an empty sterile container.
Refrigerate sample until transfer to laboratory. Do not freeze. Send sample at 2 - 8°C (with an ice-pack). Sample must reach the laboratory within 24 hours after collection.
In house real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Detected, Not Detected or Inconclusive
1 - 4 days