WHAT IS THE BARTONELLA TRIPLE BLOOD DRAW ePCR AND IFA PANEL?
This test combines the Bartonella Triple Draw ePCR Test with IFA Serology, a more comprehensive test for Bartonella disease, also known as Cat Scratch Fever.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE BARTONELLA TRIPLE BLOOD DRAW AND IFA PANEL?
WHY DO I NEED THIS PARTICULAR LAB TESTING PACKAGE?
The Bartonella ePCR™ triple draw test platform is designed to detect active infections of all pathogenic bacteria in the genus Bartonella. It is recommended for occupational screening of animal health professionals and diagnostic testing for symptomatic patients with risk of exposure. See our Bartonella ePCR Triple Draw Lab Test Page for additional details.
The Bartonella IFA (indirect immunofluorescence assay) Serology Test is used to determine the presence or absence of antibodies in serum of two of the most common Bartonella species: B. henselae; and B. quintana. Antibody levels are generally considered to be indicative of an individual’s immune response to a particular species of pathogen. The presence of antibodies may indicate that a patient has been exposed to these particular species of Bartonella.
ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS?
No fasting is required.
You should be off antibiotics for at least 2 weeks prior to having you samples drawn.
The Bartonella ePCR Triple Draw Test is recommended with blood samples taken on 3 days out of a 5 to 8 day range (e.g. Monday, Wednesday, Friday) due to the cyclical presence of the bacteria in the blood.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY TEST RESULTS?
Test results generally take three (3) weeks.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RANGES FOR THE BARTONELLA TRIPLE BLOOD DRAW AND IFA PANEL?
Bartonella Triple Draw: 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.
IFA Serology: IFA positive or negative – IFA results with a titer to Bartonella henselae or Bartonella quintana less than or equal to 1:32 indicates the sera tested was non-reactive (i.e. no evidence of exposure) to the Bartonella species antigen. A titer to Bartonella henselae or Bartonella quintana greater than or equal to 1:64 indicates the sera tested was seroreactive (i.e. evidence of exposure) to the antigen, and the patient has been exposed to that Bartonella species. Cross-reactivity between Bartonella henselae and Bartonella quintana has been reported.’
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.