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Hi,

Can anyone tell me if the Elisa Test for lyme disease is the same as the ANA Elisa Screen?

Quote from the American Lyme Disease Foundation>>>

"If early symptoms are undetected or ignored, you may develop more severe symptoms weeks, months or perhaps years after you were infected. In this case, the CDC recommends using the ELISA and Western-blot blood tests to determine whether you are infected."

Quote from CDC...
CDC recommends testing initially with a sensitive first test, either an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) or an indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) test, followed by testing with the more specific Western immunoblot (WB) test to corroborate equivocal or positive results obtained with the first test."
Hi seatx. I am not sure what the ANA Elisa screen is. There is an ANA test which is used in diagnosing Lupus but I don't know if it is the same one. I know that some people who have Lyme have had a positive ANA Lupus test, but do not have Lupus.

No Lyme test is completely reliable. From what I undersrtand, the ELISA (or titer) test for Lyme is the least reliable test and the one most doctors will run first. Be aware that the CDC requires a large number of bands to show on the Western Blot for it to be considered positive. Many people who have Lyme do not get this number. Lyme doctors usually focus on which bands are present because some are specific for Lyme Disease.

When Lyme Disease is a possibility, it is very important to see a knowledgable doctor and also be tested for the co-infections that ticks can transmit--Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis HME & HGE, and Bartonella.





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