Joshua Bornhorst, Ph.D., associate director of Mayo Clinic's Clinical Immunoassay Lab, explains how humans can develop an allergy to the alpha-gal molecule, and he describes a new allergen antibody test that can be used to detect it. Dr. Bornhorst also reviews other tests that should be used in conjunction with alpha-gal testing to accurately identify the scope and underlying cause of the allergy.
Dr. Patel, director of Mayo Clinic's Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, discussed the future of testing for joint and bone infections.
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The following list includes updates posted to mayocliniclabs.com during the month of October.
In October 2020, Mayo Clinic Laboratories announced two new tests along with numerous reference value changes, obsolete tests, and algorithm changes.
Min Shi, M.D., Ph.D., a hematologist and co-director of Mayo Clinic's Flow Cytometry Laboratory, explains recent updates to the B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia minimal residual disease flow cytometry assay. This test is used to identify minimal residual disease in patients with a previously confirmed diagnosis of B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia who have completed chemotherapy, immunotherapy or bone marrow transplantation.
Flu season is just now unfolding. But this time, it’s piggy-backed with a pandemic, which threatens to spike with the colder weather as people huddle indoors. Adding to this conundrum is the unsettling fact that, for both COVID-19 and the flu, the symptoms overlap.
William Sukov, M.D., provides an overview of the MDM2 gene amplification assay — a test that looks for amplification of the MDM2 gene region on chromosome 12q. He reviews when this test should be ordered, how it compares to other test options, and how its results can affect patient care.
In September 2020, Mayo Clinic Laboratories announced one new test along with numerous reference value changes, obsolete tests, and algorithm changes.
The following list includes updates posted to mayocliniclabs.com during the month of September:CPT Code and Test Classification Updates Test IDTest NameUpdatedFDXM91956DexamethasoneCPT Code Information9/25/2020 4:01pmCDGP63687Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation Genetic Panels, Next-Generation Sequencing, VariesCPT Code Information9/21/2020 4:04pmSUAC83635Succinylacetone, Blood SpotCPT Code Information9/16/2020 12:03pmPN2383640Streptococcus pneumoniae IgG Antibodies, [...]
Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer or HNPCC) is an autosomal dominant hereditary cancer syndrome associated with germline mutations in the mismatch repair genes, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2. Deletions within the 3' end of the EPCAM gene, which lead to inactivation of the MSH2 promotor, have also been associated with Lynch syndrome.
In August 2020, Mayo Clinic Laboratories announced five new tests along with numerous reference value changes, obsolete tests, and algorithm changes.