Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
TICK ID
Methodology

Qualitative Microscopy/Qualitative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Varies

Reported

4-10 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Full intact tick, dead

Specimen Preparation

Transport tick in 70 percent ethanol in an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 1 tick)
Test is not performed at ARUP; separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated

Unacceptable Conditions

Dry specimens. Preservative other than 70 percent ethanol.

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: 2 weeks; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

By Report

Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Performed by non-ARUP Laboratory

Note

If tick identification result is positive for Ixodes scapularis (Deer Tick), I. pacificus (Western Black-legged Tick), I. angustus, or an Ixodes species with head and mouth parts missing (probably I. pacificus OR scapularis), then reflex testing will be added. Additional charges apply.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87168; if reflexed, add 87801

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2006503 Tick Id w/Reflex to Borrelia spp by PCR
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Aliases
  • Lyme Disease
Tick Identification with Reflex to Borrelia Species by PCR (Lyme Disease)

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