Lyme Disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, Real-time PCR

CPT: 87476
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  • Borrelia burgdorferi

Expected Turnaround Time

4 - 5 days

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Specimen Requirements


Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), whole blood, or synovial fluid


0.5 mL

Minimum Volume

0.2 mL


Sterile plastic container (CSF, synovial fluid), lavender-top (EDTA) tube, or yellow-top (ACD) tube

Storage Instructions

CSF and synovial fluid are stable at room temperature or refrigerated for seven days or frozen for 90 days. Whole blood is stable at room temperature or refrigerated for seven days; do not freeze.

Test Details


This assay is intended to be used as an aid to the diagnosis of infections caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto, the etiologic agent of Lyme disease in the United States. It is not intended to be used for testing patients suspected of acquiring Lyme disease outside of the US.


Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
138685 Lyme (B. burgdorferi) PCR 4991-6 139155 Lyme (B. burgdorferi) PCR 4991-6

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