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If a hospital Lyme test comes back positive and sent out to specialty lab, what are the % of having lyme? Would you start tx or wait until full panel?

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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on test

Certain tests have higher sensitivity and specificity.
If clinical picture leans in favor, such as tick bite and target rash and flu symptoms, i would likely start treatment unless the antibiotics were contraindicated for other reasons or there was possible drug interaction or allergy. If confirmation turns out neg, would stop antibiotics. Remember antibiotics have side effects too-.

In brief: Depends on test

Certain tests have higher sensitivity and specificity.
If clinical picture leans in favor, such as tick bite and target rash and flu symptoms, i would likely start treatment unless the antibiotics were contraindicated for other reasons or there was possible drug interaction or allergy. If confirmation turns out neg, would stop antibiotics. Remember antibiotics have side effects too-.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
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Dr. Jerry Casale
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

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I'm not sure what u mean by a full panel.
When a lyme test is ordered a western blot test is most accurate and if this is what the hospital says is positive get treated. If another test is ordered called immunoglobulin, if it is positive usually a western blot is automatically done by the lab. So i'm not sure what the specialty lab would call a full panel but with a positive western blot get meds.

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I'm not sure what u mean by a full panel.
When a lyme test is ordered a western blot test is most accurate and if this is what the hospital says is positive get treated. If another test is ordered called immunoglobulin, if it is positive usually a western blot is automatically done by the lab. So i'm not sure what the specialty lab would call a full panel but with a positive western blot get meds.
Dr. Jerry Casale
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