Brooklyn, NY (April 16, 2020) - Lenco Diagnostic Laboratories (Lenco), one of NYC's largest independently owned full-service clinical laboratories, today announced the launch of antibody testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).
“In the last several weeks, Lenco has been diligently working with trusted partners to launch a test that will detect the presence of IgG and IgM antibodies produced by the body in response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” stated Dennis Tilman, Chief Operating Officer of Lenco. “We are hopeful the knowledge obtained from these tests will help both physicians and patients in the management and care of this novel virus. Lenco is proud to expand its diagnostic capabilities and will continue to contribute to the needs of the community.”
About IgM and IgG Testing
While IgM antibodies are the initial immune response detectable in the blood within 3-5 days after symptom onset, IgG antibodies appear in the blood within 3-4 weeks after initial infection. Antibody tests are performed using blood specimens collected from individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19. When clinically indicated, the tests may help physicians determine whether patients were recently infected or exposed to the COVID-19 infection in the past, and may determine an overall immune response to the virus.
Patients: If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for medical advice and discuss whether serology antibody testing against COVID-19 is right for you.
Authorized Healthcare Providers: For all testing requests including COVID-19 PCR and serology antibody testing against COVID-19, please contact (718) 232-1515 ext. 112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see important information below for COVID-19 antibody testing at Lenco:
- Patients should contact their healthcare provider for testing requests
- A laboratory prescription or requisition from an authorized healthcare provider is required for all testing
- You may bring your prescription or requisition to a Lenco Patient Service Center to have your blood collected
- Specimens may be collected by authorized healthcare providers
- Patients who have symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT come to Lenco’s Patient Service Centers for testing
Important Links and Updates about COVID-19
Lenco is a full-service clinical reference laboratory offering clinical diagnostics at its best. The laboratory is renowned for excellence and expertise with Lenco’s highly dedicated team of specialists in the field who possess experience, professionalism, and dedication. Lenco continuously meets the needs of its physician clients and their patients and is committed to being one of the top leading laboratories in a world of rapidly advancing diagnostic technology. To learn more about Lenco, visit www.lencolab.com.
Note: Please contact your referring physician for any questions about your test results. To view your test results, click here.