Could I have Epstein-Barr?

Published: January 14, 2013
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Hi, Dr. T.

My blood test result is: EBV IGM - NEGATIVE, IGG- 650. Is it possible that I suffer from chronic EBV?

Answer

Over 90 percent of the healthy adult population will show positive IgG antibodies for Epstein-Barr virus, so this test neither shows that you have it, but also does not rule out chronic EBV virus reactivation in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Basically, I consider this test to be fairly meaningless.

L&B

Dr. T

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