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The third module of the Laboratory Quality Academy (LQA) Program, “Assessments, Purchasing & Inventory, and Nonconforming Event Management” is now available on

By MML Education • March 24, 2017

This week’s case study reviews the CT urogram from a 67-year-old woman who presented with multiple episodes of gross hematuria. Can you make the diagnosis?

By Rene Revier • March 21, 2017

Diagnosis of chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is complex, as there are five genes and two different inheritance patterns involved. The DHR/Dihydrorhodamine (DHR) Flow Cytometric Test, Blood assay is the most commonly used assay for diagnosis of CGD. Accurate assessment of the NADPH oxidase activity is highly dependent on having a high-quality specimen that is received within 24 hours of collection.

By MML Education • March 20, 2017

This week’s PathWays case study presents reviews a 46-year-old with an enlarged right inguinal lymph node. Can you make the diagnosis?

By Rene Revier • March 14, 2017

Do you know someone who recently graduated from high school? How about someone looking to follow a new career path? Ask him or her to consider the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences 10-week Phlebotomy Program as a future educational option and career growth opportunity.

By April Josselyn • March 7, 2017

This week’s case reviews an antemortem CT-guided biopsy from a 75-year-old man with valvular heart disease. Can you make the diagnosis?

By Rene Revier • March 7, 2017

Clostridium difficile is an important cause of health-care-associated infections. C. difficile infections (CDI) present with a wide range of symptoms, from diarrhea to toxic megacolon. Accurate and rapid diagnosis is important to begin therapy with an appropriate antimicrobial agent and discontinue antimicrobial agents that may be predisposing the patient to CDI. This Hot Topic covers several methods for diagnosing CDI, including molecular NAATs, EIAs, and culture.

By MML Education • March 6, 2017

This week’s case reviews the autopsy of a 75-year-old man with a history of an aortic valve replacement, pacemaker placement, and severe mitral valve calcification. Can you make the diagnosis?

By April Josselyn • February 28, 2017

View this week’s case study by Andrew Norgan, M.D., Ph.D., and Audrey Schuetz, M.D., and make your diagnosis.

By Rene Revier • February 21, 2017

Increasing complaints about heel bruising in infants following blood-spot collection raised concerns about the best option for collecting blood from infants. A team from Mayo Clinic evaluated the practice of warming the heel prior to puncture, using venipuncture instead of heel puncture, and infant distress as a result of either heel puncture or venipuncture.

By MML Education • February 20, 2017

The steering committee for the Karolinska Institutet and Mayo Clinic partnership recently announced that the grant written by Andrew Norgan, M.D., Ph.D., and Elissa Hall for the Mayo Clinic PathWays Online “Case of the Week” has been selected for funding by a 2017 travel award.

By April Josselyn • February 14, 2017

View this week’s case study by Justin Juskewitch, M.D., Ph.D.; Mariam (Priya) Alexander, M.D.; and Michael Torbenson, M.D., and make your diagnosis.

By Rene Revier • February 14, 2017

Identifying the correct test for your patient is always critical. When it comes to hemophilia, there is significant confusion about which tests to order, resulting in about 25% of orders being cancelled after review by Mayo’s genetic counselors. In this two-part presentation, Lea Coon, C.G.C., walks you through the information that you need to correctly select testing for hemophilia A or B.

By MML Education • February 13, 2017