Lyme Disease Lyme Disease Site
This assessment is important to identify Lyme disease by using Western Blot lab test. The test identifies Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease. Western blot is usually performed as a follow-up to an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ( ELISA) test of IgG and IgM for Lyme diease.
The combination tests (ELISA tests and Western blots) are used for many infectious agents; for example, HIV.
The test is ELISA and Western blot testing are the leading tests for detecting Lyme disease. The lab must examine a series of blot and determine if the pattern is characteristic of Lyme disease.
The laboratory test is referred to (Western blots, the IgG and IgM) .
The indication of the immunoglobulins are as follows:
- The IgG pattern indicates late Lyme disease and
- IgM indicates early Lyme disease.
Some patients suffering from the symptoms of Lyme disease but the blood works showed negative Western Blot test. The Western blot is not sensitive. National Institute of Health (NIH) trial a Columbia report showed that many Lyme disease patients tested did not have a positive IgG Western blot test.