Diagnostic service department

Head of the Unit: Dr A. Mentis, Researcher A’ , MD, PhD, Clinical Microbiologist
Email: mentis@mail.pasteur.gr

The department

Diagnostic service department

The Diagnostic Service Department of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute is considered to be a service of high reliability, capable of fulfilling the needs of both private and public organizations involved in primary and secondary health care.

The interest of the department is focused on the diagnosis of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites. The methods used include serological tests of detection and/or isolation of pathogenic factors, as agglutination reaction, immunoenzyme techniques, immunofluorescence, western blot, cultures and techniques of molecular biology. Many of the methods used are result from our own research activities. The method of rapid detection of Herpes and the diagnosis of myasthenia gravis are two notable examples.

The Diagnostic Service Department offers also a number of services that cover special needs of the private sector, among them:

  1. Quality control of foods and waters for tourist resorts.
  2. Controls of anti-microbial action for disinfectant products.
  3. Determination of anti-microbial action for new products.
  4. Sterility control for industrial products.
  5. Quality and anti-microbial control of mobile waste units.

Operating hours :

Blood specimen collection: All working days, 08:00-10:30

Results: All working days, 10:30-13:00

Secretariat of Analyses: 210-6478804, 210- 6478806

Diagnostic tests
ΜΙCRO-organism TEST
Adenoviruses Culture, IgG – IgM ABS, DNA detection
Amoeba histolytica ABS
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) IgG – IgM ABS
Varicella Herpes Zoster Virus – (VZV) IgG – IgM ABS, DNA detection
Aspergillus spp ABS
Brucella melitensis IgG – IgM ABS
Influenza A,B Virus Culture, IgG – IgM ABS, RNA detection
Echo Viruses IgG – IgM ABS, RNA detection
Epstein Barr Virus EBNA (nuclear antigen) IgG ABS
Epstein Barr Virus VCA (capsid antigen) IgG – IgM ABS
Epstein Barr Virus ΕΑ (early antigen) ABS
Helicobacter pylori Culture, antibiotic susceptibility test, IgG – IgA ABS, ΑntiCagA ABS, DNA detection
Herpes 6 Virus IgG – IgM ABS
Herpes simplex 1 & 2 Virus (HSV) Culture, IgG – IgM ABS, DNA detection
Rubella Virus IgG – IgM ABS, IgG avidity
Echinococcus ABS
HIV I & HIV II viruses ABS
HTLV 1& 2 viruses ABS
Hepatitis C (ANTI HCV) IgG ABS, viral load, typing
Measles Virus IgG – IgM ABS
Enteroviruses Culture, RNA detection
Candida albicans ABS
Coxsackie Viruses B1-B5 ABS, RNA detection
Corynebacterium diphtheria (Toxin) IgG ABS
Tetanus Toxin ABS IgG ABS
Cytomegalo Virus (CMV) Culture, IgG – IgM ABS, IgG avidity test, antigen detection, DNA detection
Legionella pneumophila ABS
Leishmaniosis human, canine ABS
Leptospira interrogans Phase contrast microscopy, IgG – IgM ABS
Erlichia IgG ABS
Listeria IgG – IgM ABS
Bartonella henselae (Cat Scratch Disease) IgG – IgM ABS
Bartonella quintana (Bacterial Angiomatosis) IgG – IgM ABS
Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease) IgG – IgM ABS, Western Blot
Bordetella pertussis ABS
Mycoplasma pneumoniae IgG – IgM ABS
Parainfluenza Viruses 1,2,3 ABS, RNA detection
Intestinal Parasites Detection
Parvo B19 virus IgG – IgM ABS
Mumps virus IgG – IgM ABS
Plasmodium falciparum (Malaria) ABS
Poliomyelitis Viruses 1,2,3 Culture, ABS, RNA detection
Rickettsia (Coxiella) burneti, conori, mooseri IgG – IgM ABS
Tetanus Toxin ABS
Toxoplasma gondii Culture, IgG ABS avidity test, IgG- IgM – IgA ABS, DNA detection
Yersinia enterocolitica IgG-IgA ABS (Western Blot)
Clamydia pneumonia IgG- IgM – IgA ABS
Clamydia trachomatis IgG- IgM – IgA ABS
Clamydia psittaci IgG- IgM – IgA ABS

Molecular biology methods

ΜΙCRO-organism TEST
Adenoviruses DNA detection
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) RNA detection
Influenza A,B Virus RNA detection
Helicobacter pylori DNA detection
Herpes simplex 1 (HSV) DNA detection
Herpes simplex 2 (HSV) DNA detection
Herpes Zoster Virus DNA detection
Hepatitis C Vital Load
Hepatitis C Typing
Detection of Enteroviruses (Coxsakie, Polio, Echo) RNA detection
Cytomegalo Virus DNA detection
Parainfluenza Viruses 1,2,3 RNA detection
Poliomyelitis Viruses 1,2,3 RNA detection
Toxoplasma gondii DNA detection

Biochemistry laboratory (Prof. S. Tzartos)

Myasthenia Gravis Anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies
Myasthenia Gravis Anti-MuSK antibodies
Myasthenia Gravis Anti-titin antibodies
Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) Antibodies against calcium channels
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) Antibodies against aquaporin-4
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Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS)

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO)

Anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodiesAnti-MuSK antibodiesAnti-titin antibodies

Antibodies against calcium channels

Antibodies against aquaporin-4