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Special Coagulation Laboratory

May 2013

Testing of Bleeding and Thrombosing Disorders

The Special Coagulation Laboratory has made many important contributions to the knowledge of hemostasis through basic research and careful analysis of the results of testing and treatment of patients with bleeding and thrombosing disorders. Research ranges from pioneering studies in thrombosis, hirudin, warfarin, and vitamin K physiology to cutting edge platelet physiology.

Additional features include:

  • Large repertoire of test procedures, using state-of-the-art technology, to address virtually all clinical coagulation disorders
  • Extensive clinical correlation with Mayo Clinic experience, large esoteric test volume, and experience with many unusual cases help ensure broad expertise
  • Close liaison with coagulation research aids development of new testing procedures, refinements of older procedures, and investigation of unusual cases
  • Ready access to the personnel and expertise of the federally funded Mayo Comprehensive Hemophilia and Mayo Thrombophilia Centers for assistance in diagnosis and management of patients with hereditary or acquired bleeding or thrombosing disorders
  • The Special Coagulation DNA-Diagnostic Laboratory facilitates testing for hereditary bleeding and thrombosing disorders

Optimal Test Utilization

Our test panels link laboratory testing choices to specifically address a clinical question. Because etiologies of coagulation and bleeding disorders vary from common to very rare, thorough, efficient and economical reflexive algorithms are used with guidance from experienced staff to add appropriate tests and minimize unnecessary testing. An interpretation of the panel results is formulated by a coagulation consultant.

Expert Consultants

Our clinical and laboratory technologists and physicians offer broad expertise:

  • Physician directors with experience in hematology, hematopathology, cardiovascular, molecular genetic, platelet function and electron microscopy, and protein chemistry
  • Consulting hematologists, cardiovascular specialists, and hematopathologists with expertise and interest in clinical and laboratory hemostasis and thrombosis to provide test panel interpretation and consultation
  • Clinical technical coagulation specialists to assist clients with questions regarding appropriate testing, specimen requirements, and interpretation of results