B. burgdorferi (Lyme), PCR
Label Mnemonic: LYMEPCR
Epic code: LAB2655
Downtime form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
CSF, Skin Punch, Synovial Fluid or Serum
Specimen Instructions:
Specimen source required.
Collection Medium:
Sterile container Red top tube 5 mL (Clot Activator)
Preferred Minimum: 1 mL CSF, Skin Punch or Synovial Fluid in sterile container
Absolute Minimum: 0.5 mL in sterile container

1 mL serum in red top tube
Rejection Criteria:
Heparinized specimens. Frozen whole blood. Clotted or severely lipemic specimens.
Delivery Instructions:
Submit specimen to laboratory as soon as possible after collection.
Testing Schedule:
1-4 days upon receipt at reference laboratory
Reference Range:
Negative - Borrelia species DNA not detected by PCR.
Positive - Borrelia species DNA detected by PCR.
Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
CPT Code:
See also:
B. burgdorferi (Lyme), CSF