Haemophilus Influenza B Antigen - CSF Test, Price, Normal Range | Sprint Diagnostics Hyderabad

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₹ 1200

Haemophilus Influenza B (Hib) is a bacterium that can cause serious illnesses, such as meningitis, pneumonia, epiglottitis (a severe throat infection), and septicemia (bloodstream infection). It's most commonly seen in children under the age of five but can affect people of any age. The Hib Antigen test in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is used to diagnose a suspected Hib infection in the brain or spinal cord, such as meningitis.

The CSF is a clear, colorless fluid in your brain and spinal cord. It protects the brain and spinal cord from injury, provides them with nutrients, and takes away waste. When a person is suspected of having meningitis caused by the Hib bacteria, a sample of the CSF is taken and analyzed for the presence of the Hib antigen.

Test Name Haemophilus Influenza B Antigen - CSF
Sample Type Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
Preparations Required No specific preparation is required for this test.
Report Time 6 hours
Price in Hyderabad ₹ 1200

What is the Haemophilus Influenza B Antigen - CSF test?

The Haemophilus Influenza B Antigen - CSF test is a diagnostic test that detects the presence of the Hib bacteria in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to diagnose infections like meningitis.

Who needs to get this test done?

This test is usually advised for individuals who are showing signs of a severe Hib infection, such as meningitis. The symptoms could include high fever, severe headache, neck/joint pain and stiffness, vomiting, high sensitivity to light, confusion, etc.

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How is the sample collected for this test?

The test requires a sample of CSF, which is collected through a procedure known as a lumbar puncture or spinal tap. The doctor inserts a needle into the lower back to draw a small amount of CSF for testing.

How is the Haemophilus Influenza B Antigen - CSF test performed?

The CSF sample is sent to a laboratory where it's analyzed for the presence of Hib antigen. If the antigen is detected, it indicates an active Hib infection.

Is fasting required for this test?

No, fasting is not required for this test.

What do the test results mean?

If the Hib antigen is detected in the CSF, it usually means the person has an infection caused by the bacteria. However, your doctor will interpret the results in the context of your symptoms and other diagnostic tests.

How often should this test be done?

This test is typically only done when a serious Hib infection is suspected, such as meningitis.

Which doctor should I consult if my test results are abnormal?

If your test results are abnormal, you should consult an infectious disease specialist or a neurologist.

Getting tested for Haemophilus Influenza B Antigen in the CSF is crucial if you're showing symptoms of a severe Hib infection. Early detection can allow for prompt treatment, which may improve the outcome. While the procedure to obtain the CSF sample can be somewhat uncomfortable, it is a necessary step in diagnosing the condition. Therefore, follow your doctor's advice and get tested if needed. Remember, the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

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