1. Elisa

"The C6 Lyme ELISA test is intended for use in the presumptive detection of IgG and IgM antibodies to B. burgdorferi. In many regions, positive or equivocal results should be supplemented by testing with a standardised western blot method. The diagnosis of Lyme disease must be made based on history, signs, symptoms, and other laboratory data. C6 Lyme ELISA test can detect all of the major infectious European Borrelia species: B. afzelii, B. garinii, and B. burgdorferi. Negative test results should not be used to exclude Lyme disease." http://www.oxfordimmunotec.com/international/products-services/c6-lyme-elisa/

Please note that antibody response may not be seen in all patients, some antibodies may take time to develop or the patient may be experiencing symptoms from a different borrelia strain (or other tick-borne infection) not picked up in the testing. Please also note that anti microbials may sometimes affect test results*. It has been known for patients to receive a positive western blot even with a negative Elisa. Therefore, as mentioned in the test kit manufacturers notes above, the patient's symptoms, history & clinical picture should all be considered & a negative should not be used to rule out infection.

For more information, check out our article looking at variances in test results here at: https://ticktalkireland.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/issues-surrounding-testing.pdf
or our newcomers guide at: http://ticktalkireland.org/help-for-newcomers-updated-8th-Mar-2016.pdf

NB: There are some private labs who specialise in Lyme disease using T cell testing which may produce a different result to antibody assays, however not all doctors will accept the results for test done overseas. For information we have listed these separately to help you make an informed choice.

1. Elisa | 2. Melisa | 3. BCA Labs | 4. Igenex | 5. LLMD's | 6. Elisa vs WB