Pathology Handbook


Clinical Indications


Test Includes

Total antibody screen for antibodies to  Toxoplasma gondii

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during normal working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Patient Preparation


Turnaround Time

Test performed weekly

Samples giving a positive screening test result will be reported as such and sent to a Reference Laboratory (Swansea) for further tests.  Results of these tests will usually be available 7-10 days after the date of the original in-house screening test


Serum, Red or gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at -20°C prior to testing; store at -40°C for 3 months after testing

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Leaking sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory