Ordering Recommendation

Diagnose relapsing fever caused by various Borrelia species during the symptomatic phase of infection.

Mnemonic
RFBPCR
Methodology

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

1-3 days

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

Lavender (K2EDTA) or Pink (K2EDTA).

Specimen Preparation

Transport 1 mL whole blood. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Refrigerated.

Unacceptable Conditions

Serum or plasma. Heparinized specimens.

Remarks

Specimen source required.

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 1 week

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)

Note

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. recurrentis, 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.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87798

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
3000011 Relapsing Fever Borrelia Source 31208-2
3000012 Relapsing Fever Borrelia by PCR
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Aliases
  • Borrelia anserina
  • Borrelia coriaceae
  • Borrelia hermsii
  • Borrelia lonestari
  • Borrelia miyamotoi
  • Borrelia parkeri
  • Borrelia recurrentis
  • Borrelia theileri
  • Borrelia turicatae
  • Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever
Relapsing Fever Borrelia Species by PCR