Serology/Immunology refers to the diagnostic identification of antibodies in serum. Antibodies are formed in response to:
- Infection – example HIV, Hepatitis
- Foreign proteins – example mismatch blood transfusuion (antibody screen) or
- Reaction to one’s own protein – example autoimmune disorders – tests such as ANF, RF, ANA
There are several serological techniques that can be used depending on the antibodies being studied. These include: chromatography, ELISA, fluorescent antibodies, agglutination, precipitation and complement-fixation.
Depending on the test methodology used, results can be available within a day to 1 week. The tests are considered qualitative tests when the presence or absence of the antibodies are indicated; and are considered quantitative tests when a value is affixed to the presence or absence of the antibodies.
Below are some routine Serological tests that are performed at La Falaise House Medical Laboratory. Please refer to the requisition form or call the laboratory for additional tests and information. Click on an icon below to be directed to an external resource on the corresponding test.
Testing Requisition Form