Stories – Patient Spotlight

Working together, Mayo Clinic laboratory medicine specialists and clinicians helped Elyn Simmons get her life back — and welcome two new lives to the world.

By Barbara J. Toman • June 6, 2022

For a young child diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, an unexpected turn of events led by results of a Mayo Clinic Laboratories test freed him and his family from the bonds of frequent medical visits and expensive treatment, and opened the door to a life unencumbered by illness.

By Robin Huiras-Carlson • May 2, 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

A Mayo Clinic Laboratories newborn screening panel detects a rare disease and paves the way for life-sustaining treatment.

By Robin Huiras-Carlson • March 7, 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

Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ comprehensive approach to targeted antibody testing played a crucial and lifesaving role in moving Sheila Lewis to recovery from autoimmune encephalitis.

By Mayo Clinic Laboratories • January 3, 2022

While Gregor Heinrich never could have imagined that testicular cancer was related to his problems with his vision and gait, learning he was positive for KLHL11 protein biomarkers meant he could receive treatment for both the cancer and the illness behind it.

By Robin Huiras-Carlson • December 6, 2021

Advanced testing at Mayo Clinic Laboratories that confirmed a diagnosis of myasthenia gravis put Lorinda McKinley on the road to renewed health after she nearly lost it all to the rare autoimmune disease.

By Robin Huiras-Carlson • November 1, 2021

Dan O’Bryan didn’t think his dizziness and lightheadedness were anything to worry about. Nearly 100 miles away, the team at Mayo Clinic that was remotely monitoring Dan’s heart could see the truth.

By Cory Pedersen • October 4, 2021

Before testing at Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Barbara Domaille, Deborah Neville, Pamela Neville, and Rylie Ronnenberg thought there could be a genetic connection to the hip problems they shared. After the testing, they knew for sure.

By Cory Pedersen • September 13, 2021

In late 2019, after months of looking for a reason for his rapid loss of muscular function, David Voeltz got an answer: he had necrotizing autoimmune myopathy. Today, after nearly two years of treatment, David has a renewed lease on life and keen appreciation for the Mayo Clinic team that confirmed his diagnosis.

By Robin Huiras-Carlson • August 2, 2021