The Scrutiny Ends For Igenex Labs – A Lyme Disease Specialty Lab

By Mark Leavitt, 11/19/2005

We can all breathe a sigh of relief, Igenex labs that specialize in tick-borne disease testing passed certification not only by the state of California, but by the state of New York that put a big blot on the labs Western Blot Lyme disease test prompting for investigation because Igenex purportedly performs inaccurate lyme disease testing. Igenex was put through this scrutiny due to an article that came out in the New York Times on August 23, 2005.

The article starts off profiling a patient with disabling pain and exhaustion. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him and even ruled out Lyme disease until one doctor sent his blood work to Igenex Labs. The controversy started when the results came back from Igenix positive for Lyme disease by the ELISA and Western Blot test. Another doctor got involved in the case from New York and tested the patient’s blood numerous time for Lyme with negative results using a different lab and insisted he did not have Lyme disease. Then, the New York State Department of Health started investigation proceedings on Igenex labs located in California.

What is interesting in all of this is Lyme Disease is a clinical diagnosis and testing is supportive only. Most Lyme disease specialists agree that testing can be inaccurate and should not be relied upon for definitive diagnosis of the disease. The ELISA is the most performed and least expensive Lyme disease test and can be inaccurate.