The Medical Microbiology Laboratory

The Medical Microbiology Laboratory is a full-service laboratory located in the Central Laboratory and serves pediatric patients with infections seen in inpatient and outpatient facilities of the hospital.  Our staff processes over 150,000 specimens per year and is open 24 hours a day to accession and process specimens. Our laboratory provides timely, accurate, and medically relevant results to aid in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. The laboratory also provides support to the infection control program by screening for multi-resistant organisms and examining how infections spread throughout the hospital.

Testing includes:

  • Automated  and conventional culture of  blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), stool,urine, tissue and other human samples for aerobicand fastidious bacterial species as well as fungus.
  • Automated  and conventional culture of  human samples  for Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • Identification and antibiogram of various bacterial isolates from samples by using automated identification and susceptibility testing system.
  • Direct staining for bacteria and fungi via Gram stain, acid fast stain
  • Rapid detection of rotavirus and adenovirus virus from stool.
  • Examination of stool and other body fluids for ova and parasites
  • Serologic testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis A virus (HAV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Rubella, Toxoplasma gondii, Salmonella and Brucella.
  • Molecular diagnostic testing for respiratuar viral and bacterial pathogens includes Influenza, RSV, Mycoplasma, H.influenza
  • Molecular diagnostic testing for viral meningitis patogens from CSF
  • The antinuclear antibodies (ANA), dsDNA, AMA, ASMA, ANCA, anti -Gliadin and anti-endomisium (Celiac disease) by indirect fluorescence assay (IFA)
  • Quantitative determination of complement C3, C4, IgA-IgG,IgM, serum Amiloid A,  kappa and lambda light chain, IgG subgroups in human serum by  nephelometry.
  • Allergy testing on the immunoanalyzer for the detection of inhalant and food allergies, focusing on inhalant and food screens, mixes and single allergens.