About Chagas disease serology (s american trypanosomiasis)
What is Chagas disease?
Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is an infection caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). Infection is spread by the faeces of triatomine bugs (kissing bugs) which land on people’s skin and is most common in Latin America. Symptoms vary depending on the stage of the infection. During the acute phase, symptoms may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, body aches, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. As the disease progresses into the chronic phase, the severity of symptoms increases due to damage to the heart and intestines.
Symptoms include palpitations, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, shortness of breath, chronic abdominal pain, chronic constipation and difficulty swallowing. T. cruzi antibodies are produced by the body’s immune system in response to infection with T. cruzi. The presence of specific antibodies (proteins produced by the immune system to help fight infections) can indicate the type of infection.
Why take the test?
This test measures the level of T. cruzi antibodies in the blood and can be used to help diagnose Chagas disease.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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