Rabies-Neutralizing Antibody Test

This is a blood test used for identification of the presence of antibodies against the rabies virus. This test is most often used on patients who have received the human rabies vaccination and who remain at risk for animal bites. This test lets the patient know if their immunity is good enough. This test is also performed to make a diagnosis of rabies in a patient suspected of exposure to the virus.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Less than 1:16.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.