Posted 11/21/2012 5:26 PM (GMT -6)
My son has some knee swelling (one knee, and it was injured in football, and I just found out that there is a small bone chip that might be causing some irritation) and also had an unknown splinter-like thing (no bulls-eye rash) back in June. So, his doctor ordered lyme testing, but she ordered two types and now I'm frantic because I'm researching it and have two different Western Blots, one is positive, but the specific band seem negative.
Anyway, this is how it all reads:
Lyme AB/Western Blot Reflex
Lyme IgG/IgM AB 1.24 High (over 1.09 is positive)
Lyme AB interpr., EIA Positive Abnormal
Lyme Disease AB, Quant, Igm 0.92 High
then it says: Lyme Ab IgM Interp., EIA Equivocal
Then on the following page it has:
Lyme, Western Blot, Serum (and lists all of the IgG and IgM bands, and reads "absent" for all, and "negative" under them.
So, Does anyone know what a Western Blot REFLEX is as opposed to Western Blot SERUM? If one is positive and all the bands specifically are negative, what would that mean? I don't really think he has any other symptoms but now I'm a bit nervous and the doctors are out for the weekend.
Any help would be truly appreciated. Thank you.