When Is The Best Time To Collect A Sputum Specimen

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“Don’t collect it unless two or three days have passed since the onset of symptoms.”

What if the patient’s symptoms are mild? Is there any point in testing for Lyme disease, which can take months to develop? “If you have a patient with flu-like symptoms, and they’ve had no fevers, I would not test them at all. It’s too early to say that they don’t have something serious. So what do you want me to tell them?” he asks sarcastically. The answer is simple: tell your patients this is an emerging epidemic; keep your eyes open; call us if things aren’t right.22

As we walk back into clinic, Dr. Vickers points out that one must be very careful about testing negative when considering whether someone has Lyme disease because even though some people might indeed never test positive, others will always carry antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacteria responsible for lyme) but may never experience any signs or symptoms of Borrelia infection—even though the person could theoretically transmit infection through their bite wound!23

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