Epstein-Barr Virus Viral Capsid Antigen (VCA) Antibody (IgM)

The Epstein-Barr Virus Viral Capsid Antigen (VCA) Antibody (IgM) test contains 1 test with 1 biomarker.

Primary infection by EBV causes infectious mononucleosis, usually a self-limiting disease in children and young adults. Infection with EBV can cause lymphoproliferative disorders including tumors. VCA-IgM is typically detectable at clinical presentation, then declines to undetectable levels within a month in young children and within 3 months in other individuals.

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Also known as: EpsteinBarr Virus Viral Capsid Antigen VCA Antibody IgM

Ebv Viral Capsid Ag (Vca)

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a virus that typically causes a mild to moderate illness. These tests detect antibodies to EBV in the blood and help establish a diagnosis of an EBV infection. Epstein-Barr virus causes an infection that is very common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 95% of people in the United States will have been infected by EBV by the time they are 40 years old.
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