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rachellemarie
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Here is a friend's CD57 test results. Which number are we looking at for the CD57 results? It gives us two.

% CD8-/CD57+ = 11
Abs. CD8-CD57+ = 209

Are we looking at the 11 or the 209 for the accurate CD57 results?

Thanks!

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think its the absolute...

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Looks like Labcorp numbers and 209 is good, you want to be over 100 and up to 300. However, some are saying that a higher number with a person still feeling symptoms indicates that they might be infected with a co-infection rather the Lyme. Some say this test is useless.

But my own Cd57 started at 24, 46, and now 60. I'm gettin better slowly. Better now at 60 then when I was at 24.

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Those are sweet numbers...mine has been between 30 and 40 and is not budging too much. Maybe I can borrow some from you. [Big Grin]

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Hmmm, what is the "11" for? I thought that was the number we looked at, therefore it wasn't good.
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The Reference Interval for the % CD8-/CD57+ is between 2-17. And you indicate your friends is 11. Which is great. Mine is 2 just made the reference level.

From the looks of your friends CD57 results its perfect. But is he/she having symptoms? That is the question.

What Dr Burrascano says about the CD57 test:

Our ability to measure CD-57 counts represents a breakthrough in LB diagnosis and treatment.

Chronic LB infections are known to suppress the immune system and can decrease the quantity of the CD-57 subset of the natural killer cells.

As in HIV infection, where abnormally low T-cell counts are routinely used as a marker of how active that infection is, in LB we can use the degree of decrease of the CD-57 count to indicate how active the Lyme infection is and whether, after treatment ends, a relapse is likely to occur.

It can even be used as a simple, inexpensive screening test, because at this point we believe that only Borrelia will depress the CD-57.

Thus, a sick patient with a high CD-57 is probably ill with something other than Lyme,
such as a co-infection.

When this test is run by LabCorp (the currently preferred lab, as published studies were based on theirassays), we want our Lyme patients to measure above 60; a normal count is above 200.

There generally is some degree of fluctuation of this count over time, and the number does not progressively increase as treatment proceeds.

Instead, it remains low until the LB infection is controlled, and then it will jump. If the CD-
57 count is not in the normal range when a course of antibiotics is ended, then a relapse will almost certainly occur.

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