Brought to you by AACC, laborastories are stories from the laboratory. Every day, laboratory experts make critical decisions about cancer treatment, manage chronic conditions like diabetes, and screen for high cholesterol levels, heart disease and other disorders. Without advanced, high-quality lab medicine, patients might receive the wrong diagnosis, inappropriate treatment, or no treatment at all if the disease isn't accurately detected and diagnosed. Trusted testing is essential to the high quality of care and quality of life for all patients.
Each week, Lab Tests Online will unveil a new video that highlights a real life story demonstrating the impact of lab medicine. For more stories from the lab, visit AACC.
May 8, 2018
A young type 1 diabetes patient in diabetic ketoacidosis presents a tough case for a group of endocrinologists and lab experts. While the endocrinologists are concerned with test results that suggest kidney function problems, the lab director tries to focus their attention on the real issue.
May 1, 2018
After attending a lab’s seminar about diagnostic tests for breast cancer survivors, one patient learns that something isn’t right with the medication she’s taking to prevent the cancer from reoccurring. Can the lab prove to her oncologist that she will do better on a higher dosage?
Learn more: Breast Cancer
April 24, 2018
Abnormal results from a complete blood count test lead the lab to examine a patient’s white blood cells more closely. This valuable exercise prevents a life-threatening condition from advancing and causing dangerous internal bleeding.
April 17, 2018
Newborn screening results speak for babies by telling hospital staff when something isn’t right. By testing for a missing enzyme, this lab can ensure that babies get timely treatment for a condition that can cause serious complications, or even death.
April 10, 2018
When a lab test shows high levels of the toxic chemical arsenic in a college-age patient's lab results, her healthcare team is left wondering about the cause. With insight from the lab, they discover the source is an everyday food habit.
Learn more: Heavy Metal testing
April 3, 2018
The unusual gelled consistency of a patient’s blood sample raises red flags in the lab. When the issue is brought to the attention of the patient’s doctor, it leads to a diagnosis and treatment for a condition that could have been fatal if caught later.
March 27, 2018
When a hospital’s clinicians misinterpret the results of a lab test, this leads to several patients being denied lung transplants. Can a lab director clear up the confusion and help these patients get the lifesaving operations they need?
A Look Beyond What the Doctor Ordered
March 20, 2018
A newborn baby isn’t getting enough oxygen and the lab test the doctor requested isn’t yielding answers. Luckily, a quick-thinking lab technician makes a discovery that cracks open the case and leads to a diagnosis and treatment.
Learn more: What is Methemoglobinemia?
A Lab's Advice Spurs a Physician to Action
March 13, 2018
When a pregnant patient exhibits abnormal hormone levels, her doctor turns to the experts in the lab for answers. Not only does the lab provide answers, it also provides guidance on treating complications with the pregnancy before they endanger the patient.
Learn more: When is an HCG Test administered?
A Small Innovation Fixes a Big Problem for Babies
March 6, 2018
Sick babies in the Neonatal ICU are being subjected to multiple blood draws because of an unidentified issue with the blood sample collection process. A cross-departmental team bands together to solve the problem and prevent further stress.
A Lab Prevents a Lifetime of Misdiagnoses
February 27, 2018
Even though a patient's lab tests indicate that he has a hyperactive thyroid, his symptoms worsen when he receives treatment for this condition. Can the lab figure out why his symptoms don't match his test results?
Learn more: Lab test reliability
It Takes Teamwork
February 20, 2018
A doctor and a laboratory expert disagree about what could be turning this baby's urine black. By working together, can they come to a consensus and avoid a misdiagnosis?
Learn more: What is Alkaptonuria?
A Genetic Test Catches a Toxic Treatment
February 13, 2018
After being rushed to the ER on Valentine’s Day, a woman undergoes nine days of laboratory testing to find the cause of her mysterious symptoms. One test might determine if her heart medication is actually harming her instead of helping. Watch and find out.
Learn more: What are Pharmacogenetic Tests?
A Lab Expert's Insight. A Patient's Second Shot at Life.
February 6, 2018
A child gets diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that is typically fatal. However, with a laboratory expert on his medical team, this patient might be able to defy the odds. Watch and find out.
Learn more: What is Spinal Muscular Atrophy?
When a Patient Can't Tell the Truth
January 30, 2018
Are the results incorrect, or do they reveal a life-threatening secret that the patient is hiding from her mother? Watch and find out.
Learn more: When do you need a Potassium Test?
A Lab Expert Ends a Patient's Medical Odyssey
January 23, 2018
After a lifetime of unexplained illness, a retired nurse felt like no one could help. Then she discovered that a lab expert held the key to getting better. Watch and find out.
Is It Poor Health—Or Poison?
January 16, 2018
It’s a race against the clock to determine why this infant’s blood sugar levels are crashing. The consequences are life or death; is this a rare genetic disorder or is something more sinister at play? Watch and find out.