What are the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines on the diagnosis of babesiosis?

Updated: Apr 01, 2021
  • Author: Rachel E Strength, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Diagnosis

The IDSA recommends peripheral blood smear examination or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) rather than antibody testing for diagnostic confirmation of acute babesiosis.

The IDSA recommends confirmation of a positive Babesia antibody test with blood smear or PCR before considering treatment.


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