Since the completion of the Pikeville Medical Center Laboratory expansion and the addition of the region’s only automated lab line, many tests that were previously sent out for processing are now run in-house. This means faster processing and faster results for patients who may need to begin treatment. These added tests can detect rheumatoid arthritis, Epstein Barr virus, celiac disease, chicken pox, mumps, measles and rubella. In the near future, 11 more tests will be added including those that will screen for rheumatology illnesses and immune disorders.

In recent years, the incidence of childhood illnesses commonly vaccinated for have been increasing. Having laboratory testing that helps us properly identify these conditions quickly helps us minimize the impact of these illnesses on the patient and reduce the spread to the community.