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Rotavirus Antigen Pcr Stool


Rotavirus Antigen Pcr Stool

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What is this test?

Rotavirus antigen test is a stool test used to diagnose a rotavirus infection. Rotavirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis which affects intestines causing vomiting and diarrhea in infants and in children. It can affect adults too. It usually begins acutely and lasts 4-8 days. Rotavirus infections are usually seasonal, mostly infected during winter months. Hence it is also called as winter vomiting disease. Getting vaccinated will prevent most of the infants from severe gastroenteritis. There are two vaccines available which are given by mouth. But this vaccine does not protect infants from diarrhea caused by other germs.

What is Rotavirus?

Rotavirus is a contagious disease which passes from person to person. It can also be transferred by touching the surface contaminated by rotavirus. Hence wash your hands often after contacting an infected person and disinfect the surfaces that have been in contact with stools. This can be spread by sharing food and drinks with an already infected person. It can be dangerous mostly in children because it can lead to dehydration. Dehydration is a condition where the body doesn’t have enough fluids, which happens due to severe diarrhea and vomiting in this case.

Why this test is performed?

This may be recommended if the symptoms of gastroenteritis are seen. They are nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, dry mouth, and dry throat, dizziness, no tears while crying, less urination, fever, abdominal pain, cramps, loss of appetite, etc.


Several factors may affect the rotavirus test results like specimens collected after 8 days or more after the onset of symptoms may not show positive results because there might not be enough rotavirus antigen present. Rotavirus is eliminated within a few days of acute infection.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Rotavirus Antigen Pcr Stool. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Rotavirus Antigen Pcr Stool.

No specific preparation is required for rotavirus antigen test.

Understanding your test results

The normal test results may vary depending on the age, weather, geographic location, seasonal conditions, etc.

If your test results are positive then you have rotavirus infection in our body. If your test results are negative it means rotavirus is absent in your body.

If you get abnormal test results, consult your doctor immediately. Your doctor may recommend other tests depending on your results.

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