Testing that changes lives
Patients are at the heart of all we do at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. Our laboratory testing can clear the fog of an uncertain diagnosis, point to the next steps in care, and pave the way for better treatment. Our work makes a difference in people’s lives around the world every day. Here are some of their stories.
A Mayo Clinic Laboratories newborn screening panel detects a rare disease and paves the way for life-sustaining treatment.
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.
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.
Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ comprehensive approach to targeted antibody testing played a crucial and lifesaving role in moving Sheila Lewis to recovery from autoimmune encephalitis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.