Source: http://www.advanced-lab.com/news/borrel ... update.php
Press Release: BORRELIA CULTURE UPDATE
Posted: November 4th 2011
BORRELIA BLOOD CULTURE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR CLINICIANS!
Advanced Laboratory Services is pleased to announce that the Borrelia Blood Culture is now available for clinical use in 49 states.
* It is NOT yet available in the state of New York- currently applications have been filed and are pending.
* Unfortunately, international samples (including Canada and Mexico) cannot yet be accepted. We hope to offer testing to Canadian patients in the near future, and will issue a press release as soon as this is available.
Why Do A Culture?
A culture is a direct test. It will tell you whether the infection is present, and is more accurate than a serology (ELISA and Western Blot), which is not a direct test and at best can only indicate prior exposure. For example, in diagnosing a urinary tract infection, do you test the blood for antibodies to E. coli, or do you culture the urine? The obvious answer also applies to diagnosing infection due to Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). Cultures are more useful and give more information.
Also see LNE topic: Joe Burrascano Announces New Borrelia Culture Test. Informational post quote:
Advanced Laboratory Services Inc. (ALSI) has announced a new culture test for Lyme disease. (...) The new test is based on research conducted by Dr. Eva Sapi and colleagues, which CALDA helped fund. Results of the research published earlier this year demonstrated the improved culture method for Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease, and the technique has recently been corroborated using human blood samples. Larger confirmatory studies of the test are now being pursued. Dr. Joseph Burrascano, a pioneer in the treatment of Lyme disease, consulted with ALSI to help make the test commercially available.
The study on which the culture test supposedly is based upon: Evaluation of in-vitro antibiotic susceptibility of different morphological forms of Borrelia burgdorferi - Eva Sapi et al. (LNE topic)