The transplant matchmaker: Barnes-Jewish HLA lab

April 24, 2012

In the Barnes-Jewish HLA lab

More than 400 people work in the laboratories at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Most patients never see them, but their work is vital – helping doctors make diagnoses, pointing the way to an effective treatment, and even giving some patients a second chance at life. During Laboratory Professionals Week, we salute the people who work in the labs, especially one very specialized lab – the Barnes-Jewish human leukocyte antigen (HLA) laboratory.

The HLA lab is the hospital’s transplant matchmaker. This is where organ donors’ blood and tissue are matched with potential recipients and where bad matches are ruled out. In this lab, there’s no such thing as a “routine” test.

And the folks who work in the HLA lab know just how life-changing their work can be. Read more about this lab here.

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Category: Organ donation, Transplant

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