Borrelia Immunoblot (BORMB)
The determination of Borrelia antibodies (type IgM) in the blood by means of immunoblot is a further confirmation procedure in the context of the clarification of a so-called "tick borreliosis" or Lyme disease.
This disease is an infection with bacteria, single-celled organisms without a real nucleus read more of the group "Borrelia burgdorferi", which are transmitted by ticks.
IgM antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi may be detectable within 1 to 2 weeks following the tick bite; they usually peak during the third to sixth week after disease onset, and then demonstrate a gradual decline over a period of months. IgM antibody may persist for months following completion of treatment. IgM antibody results against B burgdorferi should only be considered during the 30 days following exposure and symptom onset.
Negative specimens typically demonstrate antibodies to fewer than 2 of the 3 significant B burgdorferi proteins. Additional specimens should be submitted in 2 to 3 weeks if B burgdorferi exposure has not been ruled out.
This test requires 2-3 weeks turnaround time.
CAUTION: This is VENOUS only test. You will need a medical professional to take your blood sample.