Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease) antibodies




  • This test is of limited value until 4 weeks after exposure

Sample requirements

In symptomatic patients, paired sera 4 weeks apart are normally required


8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset
  • Travel history
  • History of tick bite
  • Occupational or leisure exposure
  • Any early antibiotic treatments for Lyme disease


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

5 days

Positive results are referred to the National Reference Centre so may take longer

Page last reviewed: 17/10/13