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Molecular Diagnostic Testing

Confirmation of disease by direct detection of the infectious agent or genetic abnormality has been revolutionized by a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR-based tests confirm the presence of a microorganism or genetic defect by detecting unique nucleic acid sequences within individual genes (organism or self). The Microbiology Research Laboratory is CLIA-certified to perform PCR-based tests and bi-annual independent inspections ensure the validity and accuracy of the results. The listed PCR-based tests are offered routinely, and the menu is expanding regularly in response to emerging infections and recent scientific advances.

Additional information about testing services can be obtained by contacting us.

Current test menu

  • Organism or genetic defect (samples tested)

  • Bacteria
    • Bordetella pertussis (NP swab, bronchial lavage)
    • Borrelia burgdorferi (CSF, synovial fluid)
    • Anaplasma phagocytophilum  (blood)
    • Babesia microti (blood)
    • Clostridium difficile (stool)

  • Viruses
    • Herpes simplex I/II (swab, CSF)
    • Varicella zoster (swab, CSF)                                     
    • Enterovirus (CSF, stool)
    • Influenza A/B (NP swab/wash)
    • Respiratory syncytial virus (NP swab/wash)
    • Cytomegalovirus (urine, plasma)
      • qual/quant

  • Genetics
    • Factor II – prothrombin (blood)
    • Factor V – leiden (blood)
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