Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

The causes of infection are often missed, because the symptoms associated with infection may be vague and non-specific, such as pain, inflammation, fatigue, or generalized malaise. By performing the appropriate tests, a physician can make an accurate diagnosis and treat the specific cause of those symptoms.

Many conditions which previously were believed to have no apparent cause can now be attributed to bacterial or viral infections. For example, chronic fatigue syndrome is now believed to be due to a lingering viral infection (Epstein - Barr virus). Peptic ulcer disease, one thought to be caused by lifestyle choices, is now believed to be due to an underlying bacterial infection (Helicobacter Pylori). By diagnosing some of these infections early, it is possible to address the problem with appropriate therapy, such as antibiotics, antiviral agents or vaccines.

We offer a wide variety of infectious disease testing which allows you to detect an infection early on, or to monitor whether a treatment has been effective. For example, if you were immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, Hepatitis A or B or tetanus, our various immunologic blood panels (Chickenpox: Varicella-Zoster Virus Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Immunity Profile, Rubeola Antibodies, Hepatitis Panel (HEP A, B),Tetanus Antibody Profile) will let you know if you need to be re-immunized against any of these common viruses.

Certain infections are most often contracted through sexual contact. These include Herpes (Type II), Hepatitis B and C, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV, and HTLV (Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus). Our confidential STD panels can help you determine if you are at risk.

If you are suffering from symptoms with no apparent cause, we let you and your doctor choose from many infectious panels which may help explain those symptoms. For example, if you have fever, headache and neck stiffness, you may wish to test for several of the many causes of meningitis by ordering our Arboviral Encephalitis Antibodies Profile (California, Eastern Equine, St. Louis and Western Equine). When your symptoms include joint pain, consider Echovirus (Subtypes 4, 7, 9, 11, 30) or Parvovirus B19. For rashes and cold sores, consider Coxsackie A Virus (Subtypes 7, 9, 10, 16). If the symptoms include chronic fatigue, there are many possible causes, including Coxsackie B Virus (1-6), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), EBV (Epstein - Barr virus) and Ehrlichia.

Many infections are spread by parasites introduced to the body through mosquito or tick bites. These include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia and Rabbit Fever (Tularemia). Some infections, such as Scratch Fever (Toxoplasma gondii), don’t have specific symptoms, but when present are potentially contagious. We allow you to choose the appropriate tests to help determine your exposure to these infections.

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