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momof8
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Got my daughters test results back and they were very much positive. So we are dealing with that.

My son's just had one band positive: IGM P39Ab.

Does this warrant extra testing with Igenex? We had his tests done with LabCorp and he is not a little boy. I just don't know if this is a good definitive test as a negative or not.

Thank you guys in advance!

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My Labcorp test only had 2 bands show up. My Igenex test a week later had 4 bands show up. I believe this is due to the strains they test for.

I think Labcorp only tests serum against strain B31. I have read that Igenex tests against 4 distinct strains.

I would not trust my son's life to a Labcorp test.

If your son is showing symtoms after tick bite, I wouldn't waste any time with testing and just try to start treating right away.

If he is asymptomatic, I would not pursue it any further... This is the boat I am in. My son had tick attachments from the same field that I got my bad tick bite. He doesn't show symptoms that scream "TBD" all the time. Occasionally (one day out of a month or so) he seems tired, or says he has twitching, but it seems to pass.

I wonder all the time if I should get him tested.

I watch him super close. If his symptoms start ramping up, it's straight to the LLMD.

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Take into consideration that IgeneX tests for two more Lyme-specific bands, 31 and 34, than LabCorp and Quest do. Since he has one Lyme-specific band from Labcorp, you may want to test through IgeneX.
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momof8, is your son having symptoms? You can continue with Lyme testing or you can save that money and use it for treatment.

Lyme & co really is a clinical diagnosis. Band 39 is specific to Lyme Borrelia.

Pam

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