Toxoplasmosis Antibody Titer

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the protozoa Toxoplasma gondii found in cat feces, or undercooked or raw meat. As many as one-quarter to one-half of adults may be affected but will usually have no symptoms, and will develop antibodies in their blood against the protozoa. An active Toxoplasmosis infection with symptoms can cause brain damage, blindness, or death. When toxoplasmosis is contracted during pregnancy, the baby can be affected and can develop birth defects such as an abnormally small head (microcephaly), excessive amounts of fluid around the brain (hydrocephaly), chronic inflammation of the retina, and seizures. Toxoplasmosis Antibody Titer measures the levels of antibodies in the blood that are specific to toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is part of the Torch test done on all pregnant women as a screen for previous exposure to the virus which has resulted in immunity, or for the presence of active infection.

Pregnant women should never clean out their cat's litter box.


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