Question by  mycsn (25)

Is there such a thing as definitive testing for lyme disease?


Answer by  sanityrose (2664)

There's no definitive test for Lyme disease. Even the Western Blog test has only 65% accuracy. Someone could have a absolute case, and consistently test negative on all testing's.


Answer by  elb (1105)

Testing for Lyme disease is a bit tricky, because different tests are more sensitive and effective at different stages of the infection. Lyme disease symptoms prompt a doctor to order one test; follow up tests if Lyme is not detected on the first test, an to follow treatment. Multiple tests don't mean that some of them are not effective.


Answer by  Mizo (18)

The most sensitive test for Lyme disease is the Western blot, which looks at three IgM antibodies and 9 IgG antibodies to antigens found on the Borrelia bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Two or three positive IgM bands suggest an acute infection, and five or more of the IgG bands suggest an infection at an indeterminate time in the past.


Answer by  unni (259)

No,there is definitely no definite test for this as there is no test to tell you whether you have the lyme for certain or if the lyme is gone for certain.

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