Coxsackie Group B Antibodies
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This test measures total antibodies (IgG and IgM) for the combined 6 serotypes of Coxsackie virus group B.
Coxsackie viruses are further divided into group A (24 viruses) and group B (6 viruses). Type A typically causes hand, foot, and mouth disease in children. Type B tends to affect the heart, lungs, pancreas, and liver causing more serious disease.
Some researchers have hypothesized that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) might be a type of polio originating with a gut virus infection such as coxsackie. Since enteroviruses are characterized by their relapsing nature (on average, three-week intervals), it may be possible to identify Coxsackie during this time period. This means that a baseline blood sample needs to be drawn plus an additional sample drawn approximately three weeks later. A comparison of the two results will distinguish between a current or acute infection as opposed to a past infection.
Fasting is not required. Take all medications as prescribed.
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