The rotavirus antigen test detects rotavirus in the feces. Rotavirus is the most common cause of
How the test is performed
There are many ways to collect stool samples. You can catch the stool on plastic wrap that is loosely placed over the toilet bowl and held in place by the toilet seat. Then you put the sample into a clean container. One type of test kit supplies a special toilet tissue to collect the sample, which is then placed in a container.
For infants and young children wearing diapers, try lining the diaper with plastic wrap. If the plastic wrap is positioned properly, it will help prevent urine and stool from mixing to provide a better sample.
The sample should be collected during the
The sample is taken to the laboratory for evaluation.
How to prepare for the test
No special preparation is necessary for this test.
How the test will feel
The test involves normal defecation.
Why the test is performed
Rotavirus is the leading cause of
Normally, rotavirus is not found in the stool.
Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Some labs use different measurements or test different samples. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.
What abnormal results mean
Rotavirus in the stool indicates a rotavirus infection is present.
What the risks are
There are no risks associated with this test.
Because rotavirus is easily transmitted from person to person, thoroughly wash your hands after contact with a child who is infected or thought to be infected. Disinfect any surface that has been in contact with stool. A vaccine is available to help prevent severe rotavirus infection in children under 8 months old.
Monitor infants and children for signs of