A recent article published by the Rutgers University revealed that the current unreliable Lyme tests (Elisa and Western Blot) might be replaced by new diagnostic methods which could offer a higher chance of detecting the signs of the infection with Borrelia burgdorferi.
On December 7th, a new analysis regarding updated diagnostic methods for Lyme was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
A group of scientists from different universities, academic centres, medical industry and public health agencies revealed that the improved diagnostic tests are capable of detecting Lyme in its early stage. Needless to emphasize on the fact that this increases the chances of curing and preventing patients from developing long-term neurological symptoms or cardiac problems or joint issues.
The updated diagnostic tests bring hope to Lyme sufferers, as the tests could offer a more accurate detection of infection, states Steven Schutzer, a physician-scientist at Rutger University.
According to Steven Schutzer, the problem of false-positive or false-negative results associated with current outdates tests is solved, as the next generation of diagnostic tests provide straight-forward results (the patient is either seropositive or seronegative).
Another great news is the fact that the used methodology is more time-efficient for the simple reason that can be made accessible to most clinical laboratories, reducing the long wait for the results.
For a more in depth reading of the analysis Advances in Serodiagnostic Testing for Lyme Disease Are at Hand., click here.