Relapsing Fever Borrelia Species by PCR
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Diagnose relapsing fever caused by various Borrelia species during the symptomatic phase of infection.

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
1-3 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Lavender (EDTA) or Pink (K2EDTA). 
Specimen Preparation
Transport 1 mL whole blood. (Min: 0.5 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Heparinized specimens. 
Specimen source required. 
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 1 week 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

Compliance Statement B: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. 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.

This test is designed to detect but not differentiate the nucleic acid from B. hermsii, B. miyamotoi, B. parkeri, and B. turicatae. Additional less-frequently encountered relapsing fever Borrelia species may also be detected, including B. coriaceae, B. theileri, B. lonestari, and B. anserina. A result of "Detected" indicates the presence of nucleic acid from any one of these species in the specimen.
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Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
3000011Relapsing Fever Borrelia Source31208-2
3000012Relapsing Fever Borrelia by PCR
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  • Borrelia anserina
  • Borrelia coriaceae
  • Borrelia hermsii
  • Borrelia lonestari
  • Borrelia miyamotoi
  • Borrelia parkeri
  • Borrelia theileri
  • Borrelia turicatae
  • Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever