Neurology

As a two-time brain tumor survivor, Alex Kraatz has been through more harrowing medical experiences in his 34 years than most people face in a lifetime. But Alex’s fighting spirit, coupled with precision laboratory testing and cutting-edge treatments, have propelled him forward, keeping him hopeful despite the odds.

By Robin Huiras-Carlson • July 11, 2022

PACE/State of FL - In this month’s “Virtual Lecture,” John Mills, Ph.D., provides information related to work that has been done in Mayo Clinic’s neuroimmunology laboratory which has played a central role in driving the field of autoimmune neurology. Over time it has driven an increase in testing volume, a number of different testing platforms, testing complexity, and a constant influx of novel laboratory-developed tests.

By MCL Education • May 25, 2022

Alicia Algeciras, Ph.D., describes Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ new blood test to detect NFLC, or neurofilament light chain protein. NFLC is a biomarker for several neurodegenerative conditions. The new assay can determine if a patient’s cognitive decline is due to a neurodegenerative condition or some other, reversible condition — while avoiding the need for more-invasive testing of cerebrospinal fluid.

By Barbara J. Toman • May 17, 2022

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is leading an evolution in autoimmune neurology diagnosis. To better reflect this testing evolution, and to reduce confusion and improve utilization for our clients, effective April 28, we are renaming our phenotype-specific evaluations.

By Hannah Crawford • April 28, 2022

Andrew McKeon, M.B., B.Ch., M.D., an expert in neuroimmunology, joins the "Answers From the Lab" podcast for a conversation with Bobbi Pritt, M.D. In this episode, Dr. McKeon and Dr. Pritt discuss how Mayo Clinic is pioneering advancements in the field of autoimmune neurology, how these discoveries were made, and why they are important to both patients and physicians.

By Samantha Rossi • April 28, 2022

This “Specialty Testing” webinar will discuss the considerations physicians must weigh when evaluating suspected neuropathy patients with special emphasis put on small-fiber neuropathy and the most appropriate laboratory testing related to that phenotype.

By MCL Education • April 13, 2022

Mayo Clinic researchers have identified clear differences in brain and spinal cord scarring in patients with demyelinating diseases.

By Barbara J. Toman • April 8, 2022

Sophisticated laboratory testing solved a medical riddle and finally got Jori Pearson back on his feet, doing what he loves.

By Barbara J. Toman • April 4, 2022

Maria Alice Willrich, Ph.D., explains kappa free light chain testing — Mayo Clinic Laboratories' data-driven approach to diagnose multiple sclerosis. The automated assay is more sensitive, cost-effective, and faster than traditional oligoclonal banding, enabling definitive answers for the challenging diagnosis.

By Barbara J. Toman • March 29, 2022

Mayo Clinic researchers have developed and validated a new antibody test to diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS). The new test is an automated and cost-effective method compared to other tests used to diagnose MS, according to the research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The test is now available through Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

By Suzanne Ferguson • March 24, 2022

Andrew McKeon, M.B., B.Ch., M.D., explains how Mayo Clinic Laboratories' stiff-person assay provides comprehensive evaluation for individuals on the spectrum of stiff-person syndrome. In addition to guiding treatment decisions, the assay can help confirm the most-severe stiff-person phenotype — known as PERM — which is associated with potential cancers.

By Barbara J. Toman • February 22, 2022

Lying in an ICU bed as sick as he could get, Jon Bratsch thought he was past the point of no return. But when a Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ test revealed the source of his dire symptoms, everything changed. Today, Jon’s back to the life and family he loves.

By Robin Huiras-Carlson • February 7, 2022

A tenacious fighter, Joy Carol never lost hope that a mysterious condition that had stripped her of her ability to move would be identified. Hope turned into reality when a Mayo Clinic Laboratories test identified the cause of her illness and opened the door to successful treatment.

By Robin Huiras-Carlson • January 24, 2022