Toxoplasma (toxoplasmosis)

Referred to Virology Reference Laboratory, Public Health England South West Laboratory, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, BS10 5NB

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Samples required

Clotted blood (gold cap, 5 mL tube). Smaller tubes are available for paediatric samples.


Test indications


Test information

  • IgG / IgM EIA (clotted blood)
  • PCR for Toxoplasma gondii (CSF)

Reactive serology samples may be sent to Swansea for further testing as required.

For further syndromic information and CSF testing criteria please see diagnostic virology for meningitis/encephalitis, lymphadenopathy, eye infection and gestational infections.

For information regarding serology testing in specific patient groups please see baseline serology for HIV positive patients, baseline serology for Haematology/Oncology patients and transplant donor/recipient serology screen.

Reference range


Turnaround time

See virology and microbiological serology turnaround times.


Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext. 64627