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Clinical Microbiology & Serology

The Division of Clinical Microbiology offers a broad selection of tests designed for rapid identification of the causative agents of infectious diseases and prompt reporting of results. Our laboratory has implemented culture techniques, and immunoassays for rapid detection and identification of common as well as unusual microbial pathogens. Serologic testing is also available for confirmation of infections by demonstrating the presence of specific antibody responses.

Other features

  • The department is actively involved in infection control activities of the hospital.
  • Complete range of organism identification and susceptibility testing for bacteria, mycobacteria and fungi.
  • Expert consultants in areas of bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, virology (including HIV and hepatitis viruses), and infectious disease serology.
  • Qualitative and quantitative detection of hepatitis B virus
  • Consolidated Infectious Disease Serology Laboratory (bacterial and viral infections).
  • Immunoassays for the diagnosis of Rota virus antigens in stool.

The Biochemistry department is well-equipped with latest state of the art technology

Serology is the scientific study of serum and other bodily fluids. In practice, the term usually refers to the diagnostic identification of antibodies in the serum.Such antibodies are typically formed in response to an infection (against a given microorganism), against other foreign proteins (in response, for example, to a mismatched blood transfusion), or to one's own proteins (in instances of autoimmune disease).

Serological tests may be performed for diagnostic purposes when an infection is suspected, in rheumatic illnesses, and in many other situations, such as checking an individual's blood type. Serology blood tests help to diagnose patients with certain immune deficiencies associated with the lack of antibodies, such as X-linked agammaglobulinemia. In such cases, tests for antibodies will be consistently negative.

There are several serology techniques that can be used depending on the antibodies being studied. These include: ELISA, agglutination, precipitation, complement-fixation, and fluorescent antibodies.

Some serological tests are not limited to blood serum, but can also be performed on other bodily fluids such as semen and saliva, which have (roughly) similar properties to serum.

Important features

  • Rapid turnaround time.
  • Latest Technology.
  • Competitive fees.