Analysis laboratory

Unit

Clinical activity

The Analysis Laboratory Unit of the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital performs biochemical, microbiological, virological and parasitological analyses (list of all the exams available at the sampling centre).

The Laboratory performs the dosages of all biochemical markers for the study of renal, hepatic, pancreatic and cardiac function on biological samples taken from external or hospitalised patients.

For the diagnosis of infectious diseases, in addition to normal phenotypic and biochemical tests, it uses innovative techniques (matrix assisted laser desorption / ionisation mass spectrometry – MALDI-TOF MS, real-time PCR, pyrosequencing, gene sequencing for genotypic characterisation of microorganisms).  These methods reduce the identification time of the pathogen responsible for the infection and highlight any resistance to antibiotics, making patient diagnosis and treatment more timely. Also in the microbiological field, the quantiferon test is performed to reveal the presence of an active or latent tuberculosis disease.

The Unit is specialised in the diagnosis of sepsis, through the dosage of latest generation biochemical markers (Procalcitonin and Adrenomedullin) which provide the specialist with indications, in a short time, on the possible presence in the blood of microorganisms responsible for the syndrome. Also in this case, the rapidity of the response allows a timely and often decisive treatment of the critical patient.

The laboratory is also specialised in the molecular diagnosis of celiac disease through the typing of the HLA-DQ2 and DQ8 alleles which not only highlight the causes of celiac disease, but also any possible predispositions.

To access services, you can go to the Sample collection Laboratory directly, with no need to book.

Research fields

  • Biochemical and genetic markers applicable to early diagnosis of sepsis
  • Genotypic characterisation of multidrug-resistant bacterial strains (MDR) where their diffusion is dangerous precisely because of their resistance to many or all of the antibiotics available for the treatment of the patient
  • Epidemiological studies to trace the spread of isolated MDR bacterial strains both in hospital and non-hospital settings

Clinical and research collaboration

  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità

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