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What are the tests for ehrlichiosis?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Suspicion: There are different types of ehrlichiosis in the us: monocytic ehrlichiosis, ewingii ehrlichiosis and granulocytic anaplasmosis. All are caused by rickettsiae bacteria carried on ticks . The disease is diagnosed by history and exam and examining the white cell count and other common labs. There are antibody tests to confirm but can take time and rarely unreliable. It is better to begin treatment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ehrlichiosis : Testing for Ehrlichiosis include Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification, indirect immunofluorescence antibody (IFA) assay for immunoglobulin G (IgG), microscopic examination of peripheral blood smear, Culture isolation & immunohistochemical (IHC) assays. Start treatment if dx is suspected - don't wait for test resutls.

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