Lyme C6 borrelia burgdorferi c6 test


Test Code: 015400
Specimen Type: Blood

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Lyme C6 Borrelia Burgdorferi C6 Test

This test is used to look for Borrelia Burgdorferi C6 antigen.  C6 Antigen is a protein which is often present in people with Lyme Disease.  Research has shown that testing for C6 Antigen is a highly effective method for identifying cases of Lyme Disease.  It can help to identify both recent and past Lyme exposures.  While antibody testing is done more commonly, C6 testing is typically considered both a more accurate and more sensitive testing method.  This type of test is less likely to show a false positive or cross-react with other types of illnesses.  To help ensure accuracy, in the event of a positive or indeterminate result, a confirmatory Lyme Disease Immunoblot test will be performed at no additional charge. 

Lyme Disease is caused by infection with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.  It is most commonly spread by the Deer Tick or Black Legged Tick and is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States and Europe.  Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often similar to other afflictions.  While some people will display a distinctive "bulls-eye" rash around the site of the bite, others may experience common flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, and headache.  The ticks which spread the disease are typically very small (the size of a pinhead) and many people do not even realize they have been bitten.  If left untreated, Lyme Disease can cause joint pain, numbness in the arms and legs, facial paralysis, Meningitis, heart problems, or memory problems.

The C6 Antigen test can be used as either an initial screening or for confirmation when someone has a positive result from other Lyme Disease tests.  For more testing options, please see out Lyme Disease testing category.

Turnaround for this test is typically 3-8 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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