Common Test-Ordering Errors
Part 8: Overordered Microbiology Tests
Mumps, Measles and Varicella Serologies
Finally, I would like to address Lyme disease serology tests. Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that is endemic in certain areas of the United States. It is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. In most people, the tick bite results in inflammation of the skin around the area of the bite, creating a unique expanding, ring-like skin lesion. This lesion is called erythema migrans and is an indicator of the first stage of Lyme disease.
Lyme Disease Testing
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