There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases identified to date. Many of them share similar symptoms, so that pinpointing the exact autoimmune condition can be a monumentally time-consuming, exasperating task. Many patients are not diagnosed until these initially innocuous symptoms manifest into clinical complaints and sub-optimal health. The detection of autoantibodies can be employed for more specific determination of autoimmune diseases. Autoantibodies can also determine the progress of the disease and whether or not therapy has been effective.
Diagnosis of Lyme disease can be difficult because its symptoms share commonalities with ALF, Alzheimer's, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, Parkinson's and RA. It is crucial to combine clinical symptomatology with the most sensitive techniques available to properly diagnose Lyme disease.
Viruses, in particular, HHV-6, are some of the major contributing factors in autoimmunity. Viruses can also affect the ability of T-cells to detect antigens by cross-reaction (molecular mimicry). If viral infections remain untreated, they may result in over-activation of the immune system, which may subsequently progress to autoimmune diseases. The addition of HHV-6 IgG and IgM to EBV, CMV, HSV, VZV and Measles makes ISL’s viral assessments unique.