Immunology is the study of the body's immune system and its functions and disorders. Serology is the study of blood serum (the clear fluid that separates when blood clots).
Immunology and serology laboratories focus on the following:
|Immunoglobins||To determine the state of an immunodeficiency and certain cancers|
|Rheumatoid factor||To classify arthritis and diagnose rheumatoid arthritis|
|Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL)||To diagnose syphilis, which then must be confirmed with a more specific test|
|HLA Typing (Human leukocyte antigens)||To determine compatibility in organ transplantation, to determine paternity, and to diagnose HLA-related disorders|
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Online Resources of Pathology