Testing for Lyme Disease, Borreliosis and multiple-infections can be difficult to understand.
We hope that this guide will serve a purpose in narrowing down the lab testing and options available.
Lyme Disease / Borrelia Burgdorferi, Babesia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia
A Western Blot can be helpful for diagnosis. A positive diagnosis can be strongly considered by having at least one Borrelia specific band and symptoms. The Borrelia specific bands are: 18, 23/25, 30, 31, 34, 37, 39, 83 and 93.
If a band 30 or 31 shows up positive, then a viral panel should be done in order to rule out viruses such as HHV6, Cytomegalovirus, Epstein Barr, etc.
A result such as this does not mean that the patient does not also have Borrelia.