Lyme Disease (Borrelia spp) DNA, Qualitative Real-Time PCR, Tick

Test Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
Deer tick in 70% ethanol collected in a plastic leak-proof, screw-capped container

Place 1 fresh intact tick in 1-10 mL of 70% ethanol in a plastic leak-proof, screw-capped container.
Specimens submitted in formalin will not be accepted.

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 72 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 30 days

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

FDA Status
This test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.

Setup Schedule
Set up: Tues-Sat; Report available: 1-3 days

Reference Range
Not detected

Clinical Significance
The diagnosis of lyme disease is most often made by clinical examination combined with evidence of tick bite or exposure in endemic areas. Amplification of Borrelia genomic DNA from blood, fluids or tissues can support the diagnosis.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.