Hot Topic

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Elitza Theel, Ph.D., discusses the role of serologic testing as it relates to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

By MCL Education • June 8, 2020

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., will provide an overview of coronaviruses associated with severe respiratory illness, review the two main laboratory tests, and discuss the factors that influence the sensitivity of PCR for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in patients with COVID-19.

By MCL Education • May 4, 2020

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Rondell Graham, M.B.B.S., provides an overview of a PRKACA FISH test that assists in differentiating fibrolamellar carcinoma from other subtypes of primary liver cancer.

By MCL Education • April 6, 2020

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Robin Patel, M.D., will discuss the diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection in an era of antimicrobial resistance.

By MCL Education • March 16, 2020

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Brad Karon, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss recent information on the advantages and disadvantages of using butterfly needles for blood collection.

By MCL Education • February 17, 2020

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Sounak Gupta, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., discusses selecting tissues and other tissue considerations for molecular testing. He also reviews tissue metrics and requirements, which differ based on test platforms. It is important to keep in mind that the details of tissue metrics change over time as they continue to evolve with technology.

By MCL Education • February 3, 2020

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Elitza Theel, Ph.D., talks about Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ serologic and molecular testing for the identification of infection with dengue virus. Dengue virus poses a significant public health threat worldwide. Rapid and accurate identification of the infection enables directed monitoring of patients who may be at increased risk of developing hemorrhagic fever of dengue shock syndrome.

By MCL Education • January 6, 2020

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Julia Lehman, M.D., will explain important changes that are taking place in Mayo Clinic’s Immunodermatology Laboratory to continue offering the highest quality testing for the interpretation of the bullous pemphigoid 180 and 230 and desmoglein 1 and 3 assay results.

By MCL Education • December 16, 2019

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Paul Jannetto, Ph.D., will highlight Mayo Clinic’s new targeted benzodiazepine assay and discuss the advantages and limitations of various urine-screening assays as well as quantitative confirmatory testing to determine compliance to benzodiazepine therapy.

By MCL Education • December 2, 2019

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Elitza Theel, Ph.D., will discuss the over utilization of IgM serologic testing for herpes simplex virus and the recommendation by multiple agencies, including the CDC and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, to avoid using this test for clinical decision making purposes. As a result of these recommendations and data generated at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Theel will summarize why HSV IgM testing will no longer be offered through Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

By MCL Education • November 11, 2019

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Paul Jannetto, Ph.D. discusses the proper procedures for collecting and processing kidney stones in order to provide accurate, cost-effective analysis of patients’ kidney stones in a timely manner.

By MCL Education • November 4, 2019

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Divyanshu Dubey, M.B.B.S., discusses how patients with encephalopathy and/or epilepsy of unknown etiology may have an autoimmune or paraneoplastic cause.

By MCL Education • October 21, 2019

In this month’s “Hot Topic,” Jessie Swanson and Michelle Soland from the Component Laboratory will discuss the process improvement that helped decrease the standard cryoprecipitate dosage and the positive impact it has on patients.

By MCL Education • October 7, 2019