Infectious Disease Testing
If you are showing symptoms of an infectious disease, testing and diagnosis are critical to determining effective treatment, and to preventing any further spread of the infection. Your doctor will perform the necessary testing to make a diagnosis, or refer you to an infectious disease specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
Infectious conditions we can diagnose include:
- Lyme disease
- Zika virus
- Parasitic infections
- West Nile virus
- Bone and joint infections
- Central nervous system infections
- Fever of undetermined origin
- Foodborne illness
- Foot infections
- Fungal infections
- Gram-negative bacterial infections
- Nosocomial infections
- Sepsis and septic shock
- Urinary tract infections
- Viral diseases
Why Infectious Disease Testing Is Performed
If you have an infectious disease, it is important to have a diagnosis as soon as possible in order to keep from spreading the disease to other people and start effective treatment as soon as possible.
What to Expect
The type of testing for infectious diseases depends on the infection and the part of the body that is affected. For example, your doctor may take sample or swabs from your:
- Genital discharge
- Wounds or skin ulcers
- Spinal fluid
In addition to these tests, your doctor may also send you for additional exams, such as:
- Computed tomography scan (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- In some situations, you might also need a biopsy. For a biopsy, your doctor takes a small piece of tissue to send to the lab for testing. The biopsy could be from an organ, like your liver, lungs or skin.
At UPMC, we offer comprehensive testing services for infectious diseases, providing healing and recovery for patients of all ages in central PA.