Testing for Lyme Disease and Co-infections

An overview of the procedures we will take

Consultation

We will draw your blood for Lyme testing during your appointment.

We use IgeneX Lab, a CLIA certified lab in California, to test for Lyme and co-infections

Results come to our office 2-3 business weeks after they receive your blood. We will message you through our electronic health record and you will be able to view results there.

Interpretation of Results

If your test results are negative, it does not mean you do not have Lyme disease or co-infections. There are many reasons that the lab may not have positive results. These current tests only cover certain species of Lyme, and do not test for all the co-infections seen in the person ill with chronic Lyme disease.

Lyme is a clinical diagnosis. While a positive test is very helpful, diagnosis is not made by test result. Diagnosis is made by your history and your symptoms.

Self-Testing

If you would like to test yourself prior to your office visit, we most often use tests #188 Lyme Western blot IgG and #189 Lyme Western blot IgM. You may order a test kit directly from IgeneX.

BP#1 through Igenex Lab picks up some of the strains of the Lyme-Borrelia bacteria not picked up with the above Lyme Western Blots. BP#1 tests for: B.hermsii, B. miyamotoi, B. duttoni and B. parkerii. It also includes the Lyme Western blot IgM and IgG.

Optional testing: Co-Infection Panel #5090 with Babesia duncani test #720.

You will need a doctor’s signature on the test requisition. I will discuss test results with you when I see you in the office.

I've recently been tested

If you have had a recent positive Lyme EIA test in Canada I will discuss your results with you during your appointment.