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Borrelia burgdorferi Antibody, IgM by Immunoblot

Components

Name Method Department Units
Borrelia burgdorferi Antibody, IgM by Immunoblot Qualitative Immunoblot
Send Out Negative or Positive

Specimen Requirements

Serum Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 1 mL
Alternate

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 1 mL
Alternate

Red Tube (no anticoagulant) with Gel

3 mL 1 mL
Stability

Room temperature - 48 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 2 week(s)
Frozen - 12 month(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Centrifuge within 2 hours, separate supernatant and refrigerate
  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles

Reasons for Rejection

  • CSF
  • Plasma unacceptable
  • Contamination
  • Heat treated specimen
  • Hemolyzed specimen
  • Gross lipemia

Comments

Do not order in the absence of a positive/equivocal ELISA screening test. Useful only when ordered during first 4 weeks of clinical symptoms and concurrently with IgG immunoblot.

CPT Code

  • 86617