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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Slide 33

July 2010

In conclusion, conventional laboratory methods for the diagnosis of tick-borne infections include culture, direct smear examination and serology. It is important to remember that serology is generally insensitive during the acute-phase of tick-borne infections, so other testing, such as real-time PCR is commonly recommended. And the final point that I’d like to leave you with, is that the clinical findings and exposure history of your patient should drive the laboratory tests that are ordered. In other words, always think pretest probability!



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