Chicken Pox IgG
Chickenpox (varicella) is a rash-associated disease caused by the Varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It produces a dermal vesiculopustular rash after an incubation period of 10 to 21 days following infection. It is extremely contagious benign disease, that generally occurs during childhood. Primary infection leads to an increase in immunity and offers protection against subsequent infections. After remaining dormant for several days or months, the virus reactivates and manifests itself s herpes zoster. The IgG-class antibodies to VZV is a serological screening test that aids in assessing the immune status of an individual and identifying non-immune individuals.
Why is a blood test performed for chicken pox antibodies?
The test is helpful in determining the immune status of an individual to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and to know the previous infection history of an individual who doesn’t have any record of infection or immunization to VZV.
When is the test recommended?
The test may be recommended for pregnant women and immunosuppressed individuals who are at risk of developing complications following a primary VZV infection.
How is the sample collected?
A blood sample is collected from a vein in the arm.
How to prepare for the test?
No special preparations are required for this test.