WHAT IS THE COMPREHENSIVE BARTONELLA (ePCR AND IFA) PLUS PCR TICK PANEL?
The Comprehensive Bartonella (ePCR and IFA) Plus Tick Panel test is a combination of the Bartonella Triple Draw Blood Test and IFA Serology, and PCR Tick Panel. These test for common zoonotic diseases, which means illnesses that can be transferred from animals to humans.
The PCR Tick Panel tests for four (4) tick-borne diseases:
Rickettsiosis (aka Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever)
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE COMPREHENSIVE BARTONELLA (ePCR AND IFA) PLUS TICK PANEL?
WHY DO I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR THE DISEASES WITHIN THIS COMPREHENSIVE LAB TEST PACKAGE?
Bartonella species infection, a zoonotic disease, mimics many other conditions, including other chronic infections and a number of autoimmune diseases. If you are in a high risk group, like animal health professionals, regular screening is recommended. If you are experiencing hard-to-diagnose chronic symptoms and in a high-risk group, like an animal worker, or have otherwise been exposed to fleas, lice or ticks, certain biting flies, and animals, (e.g., cats, dogs, horses, rodents, etc.), you should consider testing for a systemic Bartonella infection.
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.
Tick bites often go unnoticed, making tick-borne illnesses sometimes challenging to diagnose. Without proper treatment, some of these diseases can be fatal. Many times, there is an overlap of symptoms with Bartonella and tick-borne diseases.
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 take approximately three (3) weeks after your specimen has been collected.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RANGES FOR EACH OF THE DISEASES TESTED FOR IN THE TICK PANEL?
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.