Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Antibodies Panel - NBI
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Antibodies Panel - NBI

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Antibodies Panel

Regular price $107.00

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a type of herpes virus. As an acute infection, EBV is the virus that causes mononucleosis (mono). While up to 90% of people have been infected with EBV, not everyone develops symptoms. An EBV infection can cause symptoms that affect nearly every system in the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chronic fatigue is possibly related to chronic EBV infection.

Once infected, the virus can lay dormant and reactivate later, resulting in symptoms years after an initial infection.

What’s Reported
  • Epstein-Barr Virus VCA Antibody (IgM)
  • Epstein-Barr Virus VCA Antibody (IgG)
  • Epstein-Barr Virus Nuclear Antigen (EBNA) Antibody (IgG)

Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)

How to prepare

Fasting: No.

Water: Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.

Medications: Take all medications as prescribed.

How long until you get the results

3-5 business days
Result turnaround times are estimates and not guaranteed. Due to factors outside of our control, such as weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing or equipment maintenance, our lab may require additional time to complete tests.

More about this test

EBV can affect nearly all systems in the body. Symptoms of EBV infection can include:

  • Arthritis
  • Cough
  • Ataxia (poor balance)
  • Hepatomegaly (enlarged liver)
  • Splenomegaly (enlarged spleen)
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)
  • Irritability
  • Jaundice
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Neck stiffness
  • Rashes
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes

EBV is transmitted most commonly through body fluids, mostly saliva. EBV can also be transmitted through blood and semen in sexual contact.

EBV can also be a risk for some cancers, such as Burkitt’s Lymphoma.

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