TABLE 5.

Comparison of the sensitivities of various diagnostic methods for 47 adult patients with erythema migrans evaluated in 2000 at the LB Diagnostic Center in Valhalla, N.Y.a

Diagnostic methodSensitivity (%)
Culture
    Skin biopsy of EM51
    Plasma45
PCR on skin biopsy of EM
    Nested64
    Quantitative81
Two-tier serologic testing
    Acute phase40
    Convalescent phase66
  • a Modified from reference 227 with permission of the publisher.