Relapsing fever Borrelia species by PCR

Alphabetical Test listing

Relapsing fever Borrelia species by PCR-994

Relapsing fever Borrelia species by PCR

Diagnose relapsing fever caused by various Borrelia species during the symptomatic phase of infection.

This test is designed to detect but not differentiate the nucleic acid from B. hermsii, B. miyamotoi, B. parkeri, and B. turicatae. Additional less-frequently encountered relapsing fever Borrelia species may also be detected, including  B. recurrentis, B. coriaceae, B. theileri, B. lonestari, and B. anserina. A result of "Detected" indicates the presence of nucleic acid from any one of these species in the specimen.

EDTA whole blood
1.0 mL
0.5 mL

Immediately after collection, mix tube thoroughly by gentle inversion, 8 - 10 times, to prevent clotting


Lavender (EDTA), 4mL

  1. Transfer whold blood to a Screw-cap polypropylene frozen transport vial/tube - 4mL (LabCorp)
  2. Label transport tube with patient identfication and specimen type (EDTA whole blood)
  3. Freeze

Refrigerated (preferred) – 5 days

Ambient – 24 hours

Frozen – 1 week


ARUP (3000010) via LabCorp (009985): R-NX
1 - 3 days from receipt at performing laboratory

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)


Not detected