Borrelia Species by PCR (Lyme Disease)
Ordering Recommendation

Not a first-line test for Lyme disease. May be useful if strong suspicion of Lyme disease persists in spite of persistent negative serologic testing.

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
Mon, Wed, Fri
1-4 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA) or serum separator tube. OR CSF, synovial fluid or tissue. 
Specimen Preparation
Separate serum or plasma from cells. Transfer 1 mL serum, plasma, CSF or synovial fluid to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL). Tissue: Transfer to a sterile container and freeze immediately. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Heparinized specimens. 
Specimen source required. 
Tissue: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 1 year
All Others: Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: 1 year 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

Compliance Statement B: This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0051048Borrelia Species Source31208-2
0055570Borrelia Species DNA Detection by PCR4991-6
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