Panels and Syndromic Testing in Clinical Microbiology

Jennifer Dien Bard, Erin McElvania

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Syndromic panels have allowed clinical microbiology laboratories to rapidly identify bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites and are now fully integrated into the standard testing practices of many clinical laboratories. To maximize the benefit of syndromic testing, laboratories must implement strict measures to ensure that syndromic panels are being used responsibly. This article discusses commercially available syndromic panels, the benefits and limitations of testing, and how diagnostic and laboratory stewardship can be used to optimize testing and improve patient care while keeping costs at a minimum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-420
Number of pages28
JournalClinics in laboratory medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bloodstream infection panel
  • Diagnostic stewardship
  • Encephalitis panel
  • Gastroenteritis panel
  • Laboratory stewardship
  • Meningitis panel
  • Respiratory panel
  • Syndromic panel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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