Coinfection accuracy / confirmation from labs

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cppoly
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   Posted 4/12/2018 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Is a negative result for a coinfection a guaranteed result? Or is it possible you have to repeat the test multiple times in order to get a positive result?

Visa versa, can a positive result mean a false positive or this is a guaranteed positive result?

Missouri
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   Posted 4/12/2018 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
My LLMD said there are so many strains of Ehrlichia, Bartonella, and Babesia that test kits will not detect them well.

sierraDon
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   Posted 4/12/2018 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
If you want to get to the bottom of it, i would order full coinfection panel from a reputable lab. I had success with MDL, while others seem to like Igenex. I had both, MDL reports seem to be more detailed.

Also, Galaxy Diagnostics specializes in bartonella, i would get their triple IFA/ePCR tests. they will be able to tell you all the strains of bartonella you may have.

the testing is expensive, i did a lot of testing (repeatedly) to ensure i know what i am up against.

Girlie
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   Posted 4/12/2018 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
cppoly said...
Is a negative result for a coinfection a guaranteed result? Or is it possible you have to repeat the test multiple times in order to get a positive result?

Visa versa, can a positive result mean a false positive or this is a guaranteed positive result?



A negative result for a confection is NOT to be relied on. I see more negatives (that should be positives) than positives...

You can repeat it...if you really need to know what co's you have...but some LLMD's will treat all three B's which will usually also cover the others' (Ehrhlichia, Anaplasmosis...etc)

For Bart - The Galaxy diagnostics appears to be the best. It is expensive...but it does pull more positives.
I'm not sure what the false negative rate is.
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