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Lyme Disease Tests

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

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if you have been exposed to the bacterium that causes 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 the arm; sometimes a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sample or sample of joint fluid (synovial fluid)

Test Preparation Needed?