Borrelia burgdorferi serology


Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, but its direct detection by culture or microscopy is difficult. As such, a serological assay for the detection of IgG and IgM is employed for the detection of an immune response to the bacterium in patients suspected of having been bitten by the tick Ixodes ricinus and showing symptoms of disease such as erythema chronicum migrans or flu-like symptoms.

Also known as

Lyme disease

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To request this test please send sample with a request providing patient ID (three identifiers), specimen information, assay required, relevant clinical details and sender information. Before sending sample please read details on requesting and labelling by clicking on the link. Please also refer to any additional information provided for this test. Download the referral form >

Additional information

Not applicable

Sending address

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control Level 4, Camelia Botnar Laboratories Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Great Ormond Street London WC1N 3JH DX number: DX6640203 DX Exchange: Bloomsbury 91WC

Laboratory service

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Sample requirements

Serum (2ml in clotted blood tube)

Reference range

Not applicable

Turnaround time

24 hours

Disease / group

Viral infection, viral immunity


Upon request

Call in advance?

Not required

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Our laboratory performs a wide range of routine and specialist investigations in Bacteriology, Virology and PCR.

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