RSV Lab Testing and health information

If you have a baby, then RSV is something that should be on your radar.

The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes more hospitalizations in infants than any other virus. RSV is a respiratory virus that can cause serious illness in infants and young children. It’s the leading cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia in children under 1 year old. And it can lead to serious complications like chronic lung disease or even death for some babies. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold or flu, but they usually get worse quickly. If your baby has trouble breathing, call 911 right away.


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This test is used to determine the presence of respiratory synctial virus (RSV) in a patient's specimen. Organisms may be detected by PCR prior to diagnosis by immunological methods. PCR provides more rapid results than other methods, including culture.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is considered the single most important virus affecting infants and young adults causing acute lower respiratory tract illness, mainly bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Adults are susceptible to infection but usually experience mild respiratory tract illness. Elderly patients may suffer severe lower respiratory tract disease.