Borrelia spp

Borrelia burgdorferi infection (aka borreliosis) causes Lyme Disease and mimics many other conditions, including other chronic infections and a number of disorders involving the central nervous system, joints, and heart. If you are experiencing hard-to-diagnose chronic symptoms and have had a recent tick attachment or live in a region endemic for Borrelia species in ticks, you should consider testing for borreliosis. Symptoms can range from mild to serious illness characterized by fever, chills, headache, confusion, myalgia, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, neurological problems and other conditions that may require immediate medical attention. This vector-borne infection is primarily transmitted to humans by Ixodes ticks.  Clinical presentations may be more severe when co-infected with multiple tick-borne pathogens.

Tests Offered

ELISA

Western Blot

Are there special requirements prior to testing?

Antibodies against Bb are not expected to appear for several weeks after infection.

Other relevant lab tests

  • PCR Tick panel