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Forum on Immunopathological Diseases and Therapeutics
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ISSN Imprimer: 2151-8017
ISSN En ligne: 2151-8025

Archives: Volume 1, 2010 to Volume 7, 2016

Forum on Immunopathological Diseases and Therapeutics

DOI: 10.1615/ForumImmunDisTher.2017019621
pages 213-224

Immune Complex Analysis in Active Lyme Disease

Steven E. Schutzer
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ 07103
P. K. Coyle
Stony Brook University Department of Neurology, Stony Brook, NY 11794


Lyme disease (LD) is a growing infectious disease. Assays that can detect active infection early are needed to allow appropriate antibiotic therapy to begin when there is the best chance for a cure. The most frequently used assays are those based on antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi or its variants, the causative agent of LD. However, an antibody test at a single time point only measures exposure, not necessarily an active infection. In contrast, antibodies that are bound to a target antigen in a circulating immune complex form do indicate active infection. Here, we present data supporting the use of such assays in LD.

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