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Reference Lab Services

Lehigh Valley Genomics

Laboratory Services & COVID Testing located in Bethlehem, PA

Lab services are the foundation for diagnosing the underlying cause of diseases. When your clients need more than routine blood work, you need the complex lab tests available from Lehigh Valley Genomics, a reference lab offering specialty testing. The highly trained team offers a range of genetic and metabolic molecular lab tests that target, for example, the cause of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections or determine the risk of developing serious conditions like cardiovascular disease. To learn more about expert reference lab services, call the office in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, or connect online today.

Reference Lab Services Q&A

What are high-complexity reference lab services?

Lehigh Valley Genomics is a high-complexity CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) laboratory staffed by an expert team with extensive specialized lab training. The lab is fully certified to conduct advanced genetic and molecular testing. 

As a premier reference lab, Lehigh Valley Genomics specializes in providing lab-to-lab requests from other facilities.

The CLIA regulates lab testing and certifications. Three federal agencies manage the CLIA and ensure Lehigh Valley Genomics meets exceptional standards: the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Medicaid Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are the available genetic lab services?

Genetic testing analyzes the risk for heart disease. Inheriting a mutation in a single gene increases the likelihood of conditions like heart arrhythmias, cardiac tumors, heart valve disease, and pulmonary hypertension. 

Armed with information from genetic testing, physicians can advise patients of their risks and recommend preventive steps.

Lehigh Valley Genomics offers genetic lab services for:

Inherited Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy refers to changes in the heart muscles that can lead to heart failure. Though cardiomyopathy arises from numerous possible problems, such as viral infections, valve problems, connective tissue disorders, and chronic hypertension, it’s also an inherited disease. 

Lab testing determines if patients carry the gene, providing potentially life-saving information. People who inherit the gene have a significantly higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

Familial Hypercholesterolemia

High cholesterol and subsequently a heart attack could appear at an early age in people who inherit the genes for familial hypercholesterolemia. This condition, which is present at birth, interferes with the body’s ability to eliminate cholesterol.

Diabetes and Obesity

Many patients with diabetes follow the treatment regimen, yet they can’t lose weight, and their blood sugar levels remain high. Genetic testing targets underlying metabolic problems, allowing physicians to provide personalized medicine that works with each patient’s unique genetic makeup.

What are the available molecular lab services?

Molecular lab tests identify the bacteria, virus, or parasite responsible for infections in the urinary, gastrointestinal, and respiratory tract.

A few conditions that can be diagnosed with a molecular test include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Whooping cough
  • Respiratory syncytial virus
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Food poisoning

Molecular testing provides answers for patients presenting with unexplained or generic symptoms such as coughing, a sore throat, indigestion, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

If you have questions about reference lab services, call Lehigh Valley Genomics, or connect online today.