DNA Lyme Test
A newer lab to test for Chronic Lyme disease that has proven to be very reliable is DNA Connexions. The Lyme panel tests for 4 different genes that are found in Borrelia burgdorferi, the most common cause of Lyme disease in the United States, and 8 common Lyme disease co-infectors including Babesia microti, Babesia divergens, Babesia duncani, Bartonella bacilliformis, Bartonella henselae, Bartonella quintanta, Borrelia miyamotoi, Borrelia recurrentis, Ehrlichia chaffensis and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Testing of Lyme co-infectors (other tick-transmitted organisms) indicates likely infection with the Lyme spirochete as well.
A positive PCR result from the DNA Connexions Lyme test indicates the presence of DNA from B. burgdorferi and/or other co-infectors. A negative result does not prove a patient is not infected with a tick borne infection, rather it indicates the absence of detectable Lyme and/or other tick borne co-infections. A patients ability to fight the disease, stage of infection, and timing of courses of antibiotics are only some of the factors that may affect the detectability of the spirochetes DNA.
Here are the 11 microbes they test for:
Anaplasma phagocytophilium | Borrelia burgdorferi | Babesia divergens | Bartonella bacilliformis | Ehrlichia chaffeensis | Borrelia recurrentis | Borrelia miyamotoi | Babesia duncani | Bartonella henselae | Babesia microti | Bartonella quintana