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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

Part 2


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Slide 46

July 2010

So in conclusion and review, conventional laboratory methods for the diagnosis of tick-borne infections include culture, direct smear examination and serology. And while these methods are widely used, they do have some limitations. Serology is generally insensitive during the acute-phase of tick-borne infections, and therefore, PCR may play an important role in this stage of infection. But of course, remember that clinical findings should always drive the laboratory tests that are ordered.



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