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The Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric Specialty Diagnostic Laboratory performs specialized tests not commonly performed in clinical diagnostic laboratories. Testing is performed by highly trained team members and the lab is equipped with robotic instrumentation to ensure accuracy and precision.

Translational Research

The pediatric specialty diagnostic lab is engaged in translational research to deliver better treatments for various conditions. Current research pursuits include:

  • Efficient and accurate method of quantification of microbial load in the small intestine by characterization of the microbiome using cutting-edge next-generation sequencing (NGS) methodologies and bioinformatics analyses
  • Studies on the clinical outcome of SIBO/SIMO diagnosis by a new method of using duodenal brushing samples
  • Retrospective analysis of digestive enzyme activities in comparison to the histological changes and clinical characteristics of children
  • Use of biomarkers to identify preventive measures for the occurrence of microaspiration in intubated patients
  • A novel method to diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis in children by measuring eosinophilic biomarkers in esophageal brushing samples
  • Small intestinal permeability testing in children with various gastrointestinal disorders
  • Clinical impact of disaccharidase testing in the adult population
  • Genotype and Phenotype correlation study and genetic test development for the diagnosis of congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency (CSID) by using NGS methods (QOL Medical, LLC sponsored projects)
  • Clinical association of LIPA gene mutations detected by NGS of DNA from archived tissues of patients with liver disease symptoms indicative of undiagnosed lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LALD) (Alexion Pharma, Inc. sponsored project)
  • Development of alternative clinical interventions using complementary and integrative medicine to address chronic diseases such as IBS
  • Use of cutting edge omic science technologies in elucidating pathophysiological mechanisms and biomarkers developments for various GI and allied diseases

Specialized Pediatric Testing

Healthier Kids, Stronger Families

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has provided compassionate care to the children, teenagers and young adults of Central Florida for more than 30 years. Led by dedicated doctors, specialist and caregivers, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer offers a wide range of advanced pediatric services in an environment built just for kids.