Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., to discuss platelet esoteric testing at national symposium

On Dec. 4, Mayo Clinic Laboratories will host the Friday Satellite Symposium A Case-Based Workshop: Clinical and Laboratory Aspects of Hemophilia and Thrombosis, preceding the 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.

At this symposium, Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., will present "Platelet Esoteric Testing: When and Why."

During his presentation, Dr. Chen will focus on real cases to illustrate standard and esoteric laboratory testing methods used to diagnose rare platelet disorders. "Inherited platelet disorders are likely the most under-diagnosed because of the complexity and limitations of our laboratory testing," Dr. Chen says.

Dr. Dong Chen

The presentation will include laboratory phenotyping and genotyping studies of rare platelet disorders. Dr. Chen will demonstrate how some of the disorders may not have any platelet laboratory testing abnormalities but can be diagnosed by genotyping studies.

"The symposium provides an opportunity for both laboratorians and clinicians to learn clinical and laboratory features of various hemostatic diseases, and share experiences to improve accurate diagnosis and adequate treatment of hemostatic diseases," Dr. Chen says.

Dr. Chen is an academic hematopathologist and division chair of Hematopathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His practice and research focuses are the laboratory diagnosis of various bleeding disorders, such as hereditary platelet disorders and von Willebrand diseases. His expertise includes platelet functional testing, platelet flow cytometry study, platelet electron microscopy, and genetic testing.

The symposium agenda, information about continuing education credits, and registration details are available on the event website. Registration is limited to 300 attendees. The deadline to register is Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. CT.

Tracy Will

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