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Bartonella DNA Blood Test, Qualitative Real-Time PCR

A Bartonella DNA PCR test can be used to detect the presence of Bartonella species DNA in your blood and differentiate between Bartonella henselae and Bartone quintana infections.


Test Code: 138350

Also Known As: Bartonella henselae, PCR, Bartonella quintana, PCR

Methodology: Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 5-6 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.


Test Code: 11108

Also Known As: Bartonella henselae, PCR, Bartonella quintana, PCR

Methodology: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results:

Description

Bartonella DNA, Qualitative Real-Time PCR

Order a Bartonella DNA PCR test can to detect the presence of Bartonella species DNA in your blood and differentiate between Bartonella henselae and Bartone quintana infections.

Bartonella is a family of bacteria that can cause a number of diseases in humans. Bartonella henselae is an infection commonly known as cat-scratch disease that is caused by exposure to a cat bite or scratch or fleas biting a person. Bartonella quintana infection is commonly known as trench fever and is commonly transmitted by lice.

What are the symptoms of Bartonella infection?

Bartonella infections can cause a variety of symptoms that may begin around 5-14 days after infection. Symptoms may include fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, brain fog, poor appetite, swollen lymph nodes, back and leg pain, and rash.

Who should get tested?

This test may be helpful if you:

  • Have signs or symptoms of a possible Bartonella infection
  • Have spoken with your healthcare provider and have decided screening is right for you

What will my test results tell me?

A Bartonella PCR test can differentiate between Bartonella henselae and Bartonella quintana infections. A negative PCR test may not exclude the diagnosis of the disease. A positive test result may be used with other testing to establish a diagnosis for disease. Be sure to share your results with your healthcare provider so they can help you determine the next steps in your care.

Are there any risks involved in getting this test?

There is no risk involved in getting this test. You will be asked to give a blood sample at the lab.

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