Most common explanations for a false negative Lyme test

Most common explanations for a false negative Lyme test

IgM and IgG antibodies to Borrelia may not be present in the 1st month of infection, leading to a false-negative result.

Obtaining a convalescent serum is recommended in this case.

Additionally, antibiotics may halt the immune response and subsequent development of measurable levels of antibodies if given early in the first stage of Lyme disease.

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