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.
Are there special requirements prior to testing?
Antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi are not expected to appear for several weeks after infection.
Other relevant lab tests
- PCR Tick Panel