What is the single best test for Lyme disease?

Possibly new culture. There are many tests for lyme, but none are totally reliable. The elisa test is positive in about half of those infected. The western blot test is positive in ~70% of cases, but most labs don't do a thorough enough version- I recommend igenex labs. Pcr tests are positive only ~20% of the time. A new test, a culture by advanced laboratory services may detect lyme in >80% of cases so may be best.
ELISA/West blot. The 2 main best tests are elisa and western blot. Elisa or serology is used for screening for an antibody response to the b. Burgdorferi spirochete responsible for the disease, while the western blot is a specific test that makes sure the positive response is to this and not a false positive, or a reaction to something else. Pcr, or polymerase chain reaction is another possible test.

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What is the best Lyme disease test? I've had the basic blood test done, came back negative, but is there a more thorough test to rule it out?

Need more info. Why do you think you have lyme disease? When was the test done relative to tick exposure? It takes 2-4 weeks for antibodies to form, which is why lyme disease is often a clinical diagnosis which may be confirmed only later with testing. The antibody screening test for lyme has a high sensitivity (picks up almost all cases) but lower specificity (non-lyme cases may be positive).
ELISAWestern blot. The 2 most widely used tests are western blot and elisa. The sensitive elisa test is done first, and if it is positive or equivocal, then the specific western blot is run. The western blot has a specificity of 94-96% in patients with early lyme disease. Elisa is 70% sensitive initially, though it can be 100% in patients with disseminated disease. This is the best of a lot of unreliable tests.
Thorough WesternBlot. The screen many doctors use, the elisa, only detects about half of those with lyme. A much more sensitive and specific test is the western blot, but I strongly advise doing this through ignenex in palo alto, a specialty lab, as the test offered by most other labs does not include tests for antibodies to the 31 & 34 kda antigens, which are the most specific antigens for lyme! Please see my comment.

Any special test for Lyme disease?

ELISA/West blot. The 2 main best tests, early or late, are elisa and western blot. Elisa or serology is used for screening for an antibody response to the b. Burgdorferi spirochete responsible for the disease, while the western blot is a specific test that makes sure the positive response is not a false positive, or a reaction to something else. Pcr, or polymerase chain reaction is another possible test.
Many tests. There are many tests for lyme disease, but none are totally reliable. The elisa test is positive in about half of those infected. The western blot test is positive in ~70% of cases, but most labs don't do a thorough enough version- I recommend igenex labs. Pcr tests are positive only ~20% of the time. A new test, a culture by advanced laboratories may detect lyme in >80% of cases so may be best.

Whats a reliable test for Lyme disease?

Western Blot Analysi. A western plot analysis which looks at at least 5 and sometimes 7 individual preciptins. You must have three positive for a definitive dx.
Many tests. There are many tests for lyme disease, but none are totally reliable. The elisa test is positive in about half of those infected. The western blot test is positive in ~70% of cases, but most labs don't do a thorough enough version- I recommend igenex labs. Pcr tests are positive only ~20% of the time. A new test, a culture by advanced laboratories may detect lyme in >80% of cases so may be best.

What is the diagnostic test for Lyme disease?

Western blot & Elisa. The diagnosis is based on the history and physical and early the rash erythema chronicum migrans and immediate therapy is indicated The test your physician can do is to test for Borrelia Burgdorferi. You will have the Elisa test to screen and then the western blot tests for antigens from the Borrelia Burdorferi. Sometimes a PCR test can be used. You can discuss this with your physician.

Are there any test for Lyme disease?

Many tests. There are many tests for lyme disease, but none are totally reliable. The ELISA test is positive in about half of those infected. The western blot test is positive in ~70% of cases, but most labs don't do a thorough enough version- I recommend igenex labs. Pcr tests are positive only ~20% of the time. A new test, a culture by advanced laboratories may detect lyme in >80% of cases so may be best.