Lyme Disease Tests

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Also known as: Lyme disease antibodies by ELISA; Lyme disease antibodies by Western blot; Lyme disease bacterial DNA by PCR
Formal name: Borrelia burgdorferi IgM and IgG antibodies; Borrelia burgdorferi DNA by PCR

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To see if you have been exposed to the bacterium that causes Lyme disease

When to Get Tested?

If you show symptoms of Lyme disease, especially if they appear some weeks after a painless bite from a small tick or you have recently been in woodland or long grass

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm

Test Preparation Needed?