Lyme Disease Antibody (IgG), Immunoblot

CPT Code: 86617
Order Code: 29477
ABN Requirement: No
Alternative Name(s): Borrelia burgdorferi
Specimen
: Serum
Volume:  1.0 mL
Minimum Volume:  0.1 mL
Container: Gel-barrier tube (SST)

Collection:

  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. Do not shake.
  3. Allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
  4. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.

Transport: Store serum at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions included with the provided shipping box.

Stability:

Ambient (15-25°C): 7 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C):
14 days
Frozen (-20°C):
30 days

Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than serum; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits; gross hemolysis; grossly lipemic

Methodology: Immunoblot (IB)

Turn Around Time:  2 to 3 days

Reference Range: Negative

Clinical Significance: Lyme disease is caused by a tick vector carrying borrelia burgdorferi. Immunoblot testing qualitatively examines with high specificity antibodies in a patient’s specimen. Immunoblot testing is appropriate for confirming a detected EIA or IFA test result.

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