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A 35-year-old female asked:

4 yr.old f rt. leg pain.lyme test igg & igm.results .091.is this negative?why would she have any lyme antibodies?lab error?retest?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 50 years experience
Wrong test: Antibody tests are unreliable for lyme disease. Western blot test should be performed. Also, leg pain not normally a symptom of lyme.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
The antibody tests for Lyme are a screen which is sensitive but not specific. As Dr. Rothschild has indicated the Western Blot is very specific and a confirmatory test.
Jun 18, 2013
Last updated Jun 18, 2013

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