A 43-year-old member asked:
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what do you suggest if my doctor ordered a routine lab req for blood work. will it detect lyme disease?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: We don't look for the routinely. Actually, there's some dispute as to just how sensitive the usual Lyme serologies are. If you're concerned that you may be a Lyme patient, talk about this with your physician.
Answered on Jul 23, 2014

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No test is perfect: Would ask your physician to use both the ELISA and Western Blot tests, but even the combination of these tests may yield false negative results.

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