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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Molecular Diagnostic Methods Potential Disadvantages

Slide 6

July 2010

They are not without potential disadvantages however. PCR often is more expensive than conventional methods, although I must note that PCR methods can be cost effective in the long run, if labor, decreased hospital stay and less unnecessary medication are taken into consideration. PCR also requires high complexity testing facilities with skilled personnel and strict contamination controls. Because of this, PCR tests for agents causing tick borne disease may have limited availability. Finally, it is worth noting that nucleic acid from nonviable organisms may be detected after successful treatment, and it can take a week or more to clear the bloodstream. Therefore it is important to keep this in mind if PCR is being used to determine efficacy of treatment.

Molecular Diagnostic Methods Potential Disadvantages


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