Lyme Disease Antibodies (IgG, IgM), Immunoblot
Lyme disease is caused by an infection from several strains of the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks carry the bacteria and transmit it to humans when an infected tick bites a person. It was first discovered in the mid-1970s near the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut, which is how the disease got its name. Lyme disease has been called “the great imitator.” People with Lyme can experience more than 350 symptoms that resemble unrelated medical conditions.
Alternative name: Borrelia burgdorferi
- Lyme Disease Ab (IgG), Blot
- Lyme Disease Ab (IgM), Blot
Fasting: Not required.
Water: Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
Medications: Take all medications as prescribed.
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Result turnaround times are estimates and not guaranteed. Due to factors outside of our control, such as weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing or equipment maintenance, our lab may require additional time to complete tests.
Patients with Lyme disease experience many different types of symptoms. As such, testing may not be recommended because of the confusing clinical picture. Short-term, Lyme can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint pain and neck stiffness.
Chronic Lyme disease affects a wide range of body systems, including neurological, psychiatric, cardiac and musculoskeletal. Some symptoms associated with a chronic Lyme infection include:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Memory loss
- Difficulty finding words when speaking
- Impaired vision
- Joint pain and swelling
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