Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Antibody Panel


This blood test includes Epstein-Barr Virus VCA Antibody (IgM), Epstein-Barr Virus VCA Antibody (IgG), Epstein-Barr Virus Nuclear Antigen (EBNA) Antibody (IgG). This test is used to help diagnose and differentiate an acute or a reactivated infection of the herpes simplex virus, Epstein-Barr. Epstein-Barr is one of the most common viruses affecting humans. It is the cause of classic infectious mononucleosis and is implicated in numerous disease processes.

There is growing evidence suggesting that infection with the Epstein-Barr virus is associated with a higher risk of certain autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematous, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Antibodies to herpes viruses such as Epstein-Barr have been found in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It has been suggested that even though Epstein Barr is not directly responsible for Alzheimer’s disease, it may exacerbate the effects of other herpes viruses such as Herpes Simplex-1(common cause of cold sores), which has been directly correlated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

No fasting required.

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.