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Lyme Disease Tests

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Also known as: Lyme Antibodies Detection; Lyme Antibodies IgM/IgG by Western Blot
Formal name: Borrelia burgdorferi Antibodies, IgM/IgG; Borrelia burgdorferi DNA Detection by PCR
Related tests: CSF Analysis

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if you have been infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease

When to Get Tested?

When you show symptoms of Lyme disease, especially when you live in or have recently visited an area where black-legged ticks are endemic and suspect that you have been bitten by a tick

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sample

Test Preparation Needed?