Ask The Experts

How Do You Test An Infant For Possible

Congenital Transmission of Lyme Disease?

Answer- Serial Lyme urine antigens- monthly x 6 at the minimum. (LLMD)

Answer- Advanced Labs will do a Borrelia culture on cord blood. (LLMD)

Answer- We've tested cord blood and placenta for Borrelia that were 'fresh'. Wax embedded samples can also be tested. (Lab)

Answer- (RE: Dried umbilical cord stump.) "Clongen does tissue PCR." (LLMD)

Answer- On the 500 yrs of accumulated experience with congenital syphilis and on the world experience it he pregnancy relapsing fever infection all of these data refute the notion that even the most proper and complete antibiotic coverage of maternal Lyme Borreliosis anywhere in the world today can actually guarantee that the infant will grow in utero in a borrelia negative " bubble " and will forever be not at risk for fetal diverse complications due to Borrelia infection acquired in utero and will still present somewhere in the fetus at time of birth.

These complications may be immediately evident or may appear in the young infant later in infancy or even in onset in adolescence- most often within the neurological domains, or behavioral domains, or autism like domains. Neuropsych experts have collected cases of post-natal Borrelia induced behavioral disorders which can be traced back to fetal infection in utero. (Lyme Researcher)

Additional Methods & Information

Culture can be performed on umbilical cord or its blood

Urine Test- IGeneX Lab

Testing of circumsized foreskin remnants

PCR testing of plecentas

** Negative tests can NOT rule out congenital infection or transmission.

** Lyme tests miss 74.9% of those infected.

Last Updated April 2019

Lucy Barnes