Manager: Dorota Blat, M.D., Ph.D., tel. (32) 207 15 51
The Laboratory Diagnostics Centre offers a wide range of services in the field of laboratory diagnostics for children and adults, paying a special attention to the quality of the performed tests and control of the validity of the results.
The material sampling station is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm tel. (32) 207 15 61.
The Centre employs highly specialized personnel with years of experience – experts in laboratory diagnostics, laboratory medical genetics and medical microbiology. Thanks to the most modern laboratory equipment the Centre can perform hundreds of different kinds of laboratory tests. The credibility of the performed tests is confirmed by certificates of participation in national and international quality controls, as well as by the daily precision and accuracy of assays based on the control materials.
Cytogenetic Laboratory is one of the six laboratories of the Laboratory Diagnostics Centre. The Cytogenetics Laboratory performs cytogenetic tests.
Cytogenetic test for karyotype determination based on peripheral blood lymphocytes is one of the genetic tests that constitutes the basis for pre – and post-natal diagnostics. The diagnosis involves determination of the number, size and structure of chromosomes in a given person. As a result of the cytogenetic test a karyotype is obtained, which is a picture of chromosomes. The test are performed to detect genetic abnormalities that may cause diseases in a given person or his /her children.
The tests are performed in accordance with the recommendations of the European Cytogenetics Association and they are subject to external quality control – Labquality.
Who should undergo karyotype examination?
- Women after spontaneous abortions (two or more abortions)
- Couples struggling with the problem of infertility of unknown cause
- Children with suspected genetic defects (dysmorphic features, mental retardation, delayed psychomotor development)
- Women with primary amenorrhea or puberty problems
- Women with premature ovarian failure
- Women who gave birth to children with genetic disorders in the previous pregnancy
- Girls / women with short stature
- Couples with the problem of stillbirth
- Persons with suspected chromosome aberration
- Persons with a family history of diseases of genetic origin
- Persons / children with disorders of sex differentiation
- Persons who prepare themselves for gender change
Material for the test: peripheral blood (2-3 ml of blood collected to a pre-prepared heparin test-tube). Blood samples for the karyotype examination should not be frozen, they can be transported (for 48 hours) or sent by express mail without the need to provide special conditions.
Waiting time: 28 working days
Preparation of the patient for the examination: The patient is not required to be on an empty stomach.
Taking samples: by prior appointment arranged with the personnel of the Cytogenetics Laboratory – Tel .: 32 207 15 55
In the Biochemistry Laboratory we perform, among other things, tests for detection of oligoclonal IgG bands in the cerebrospinal fluid using an isoelectric focusing technique which is considered to be the best currently available methods of detecting oligoclonal bands in the CSF (detected in more than 95% patients with multiple sclerosis).