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What exams and tests help doctors to evaluate or test people for Toxoplasmosis During Pregnancy?

Related Topics: Toxoplasmosis, Pregnancy

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In most areas of the United States and Canada, fetal toxoplasmosis infection is rare. In the U.S., about 1 to 10 infants per 10,000 actually become infected before birth.2 This is why screening for toxoplasmosis is not a part of routine prenatal care in this country. But getting tested for toxoplasmosis may be a good idea if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and:

  • You are worried that you might get toxoplasmosis.
  • You think you may not be able to avoid exposure to the parasite.

Consider what higher-risk countries recommend as you make your decision about testing:

A blood test is used to see whether you have the antibody to the toxoplasma parasite. If you have the antibody, that means you have already been infected, and your immune system now makes antibodies that can fight toxoplasma. These antibodies protect your fetus and newborn from infection.

You may need more than one blood test to make sure the result is accurate.

Tests for toxoplasmosis

Early Detection

Birth defects are most likely to develop when a fetus is infected during weeks 10 through 24 of pregnancy.1 This is why early detection and treatment of fetal toxoplasmosis is important for preventing severe fetal problems. (If an infection develops later in pregnancy, severe fetal problems are less likely, but treatment is important to prevent future problems.)

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