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Toxoplasmosis - Diagnosis

Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Dec 08, 2016
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Diagnosis

  • Various tests can be done to detect the presence of the parasite or the cyst in the body. These include laboratory tests that check for microscopic parasites in the blood, spinal fluid, amniotic fluid, placenta, lymph nodes, bone marrow, or other body tissues.
  • Most often a blood test is done to measure the level of antibodies against the parasites.
  • Sophisticated new genetic tests also can be used to identify the DNA-containing genes of toxoplasmosis parasites once they've invaded the body.
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  • Obstetricians may use ultrasound examination to help diagnose congenital toxoplasmosis.
  • If cysts are lodged in the brain then a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the head or a brain biopsy or a skull CT scan is done to know the exact place of the lodgment of the cyst.
  • Serologic titer for toxoplasmosis is done to detect the parasite load in the blood of the patient.
  • Slit lamp examination of the eye can reveal characteristic lesions on the retina. (Ocular Toxoplasmosis)
  • Detection of the parasite in the amniotic fluid and fetal blood testing can help in the diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis. Austria has a long tradition in serological screening programs during pregnancy. It was the first country to establish a nation-wide screening-program in the year 1975.

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vulcanneles

I have this stupid ,mfking thing for more than 6 years. Unfortunatly we live in this universe and the universal laws apply at all the levels. What can b done? if we can get in the cyst, with poison strong enogh , we can get rid of tht mfking bunch of organisms tht don't want anything alse , just to survive and reproduce. Is all bout transfering the energy, from me to them, or from outside enviroment to me to survive! Good luck apply 2!

Rachel123

I am healthy 37yr women, I first got toxoplasmosis in my left eye in 2005 then again in 2006 and is currently being treated for it again since June 2011.on all three occasions was treated with antibioctic and eye drops. I was first told that could return up to three times in my life, now it has return for the third time I have been told that it can return as many times as it likes, this concerns me as it has already affected my vision and I am worried i may lose my sight if it returns again . I have learnt more about it on google than I have from my eye specialist and doctor.not sure if I should get a blood test done or other test but no one has recommended that I do. now it's in the paper that it may be connected to brain cancer,dont know if it can spread from eye to brain..hope not.Had a lot of cats as a child thats seems to be when I may of come incontact with it. Rachel

Robinjr17

Hi Rachel....I am a 43 year old woman with toxoplasmosis in my eye. It has happened twice also and I have no other real symptoms except extreme stress and aniety from a crazy divorce. I hate reading the things online because they sound so hopeless..... Did you get your whole eyesight back?

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