WHAT IS AN ANAPLASMA LAB TEST?
The Anaplasma Lab Test tests for a specific tick-borne disease. Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It was previously known as human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE) and has more recently been called human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA). A closely related species, Anaplasma platys, can be also transmitted by Rhicephalus ticks to animals and humans. Anaplasma species are transmitted to humans by tick bites, primarily by Ixodes scapularis or Ixodes pacificus in North America.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF AN ANAPLASMA LAB TEST?
WHY DO I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR ANAPLASMOSIS?
Anaplasmosis is a serious illness that can be fatal if not treated correctly, even in previously healthy people. The symptoms commonly seen with this disease varies greatly from person to person and may include:
• Muscle pain
• Nausea / Vomiting / Diarrhea
• Rash (in up to 60% of children, less than 30% of adults)
• Difficulty breathing
• Bleeding disorders
• Renal failure
• Neurological problems
• Death (in 1% of infected people that are non-treated or treated incorrectly)
Usually, these symptoms occur within 1-2 weeks following a tick bite. Anaplasmosis is diagnosed based on symptoms, clinical presentation, and should be confirmed by specialized laboratory tests.
ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ANAPLASMA LAB TEST?
Other relevant lab tests
Babesciosis Lab Test
Ehrlichia Lab Test
Rickettsia Lab Test
PCR Tick Panel
Bartonella Single or Triple Draw
Comprehensive Bartonella Plus Tick Panel
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY TEST RESULTS?
Test results take approximately two (2) weeks after your specimen is collected.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RANGES FOR THE ANAPLASMA LAB TEST?
Positive or Negative. Positive results include DNA sequence identification of species detected.
Indeterminate PCR, Indeterminate Sequence – A positive PCR was obtained. However, DNA sequencing was not successful and repeat PCR was negative.
IF MY TEST RESULTS ARE POSITIVE, WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
Please consult with your Primary Care Physician or Infectious Disease Specialist if your test results are positive.