Routine laboratory

Rheumatological, immunological, infectiological and allergological autoimmune diagnostics

The rheumatological, immunological, infectiological and allergological routine laboratory of the Department of Medicine 3 has been in existence for more than 40 years and offers a broad spectrum of rheumatological and allergological autoimmune diagnostics.

Focus areas are:

  • Antibody diagnostics
  • Determination of rheumatoid factors
  • Anti-CCP antibodies
  • Anti-nuclear antibodies
  • Anti-phospholipid antibodies
  • Cytokine determinations
  • Tumor necrosis factor
  • Interleukin-1 / Interleukin-6
  • Inflammation parameters
  • C-reactive protein
  • Serum amyloid A
  • Calprotectin
  • B2-Microglobulin
  • Clarification of immunodeficiencies
  • Lymphocyte subpopulations
  • Lymphocytes functional analysis


For a more detailed overview of the range of autoimmune and bone metabolism diagnostics, please refer to our request form. The correct interpretation of the immunological laboratory findings is only possible in conjunction with the clinical symptoms. Our medical staff is available for consultation and discussion of the findings.

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To clarify immunodeficiencies, we perform various cellular immunological tests:

Analysis of lymphocyte subpopulations in peripheral blood:

  • Routine panel (CD3, CD4, CD8, B cells, NK cells)
  • on request further markers like gamma-delta T cells or regulatory T cells

Analysis of lymphocyte subpopulations in bronchial lavage:

  • Routine panel (CD3, CD4, CD8)
  • on request further markers like CD1 and gamma-delta T cells

Lymphocyte functional analysis: lymphocyte proliferation, cytokine production and NK activity.

The routine laboratory offers the following allergological diagnostics:

  • Early bloomers, grasses, cereals and herbs pollen and houseplants
  • Textiles, latex proteins, animal epithelia and animal serum proteins
  • Molds, bacteria, dust mites and storage mites
  • Insect proteins including venom proteins
  • Drugs and occupation-specific allergens
  • a variety of food allergens


A completely new method for the in vitro diagnosis of analgesic intolerance was developed by Prof. Dr. H.-W. Baenkler at the Department of Medicine 3: In cases of clinical suspicion of analgesic or salicylate intolerance, it enables for the first time to confirm or invalidate this suspected diagnosis with the aid of a cellular blood test. By determining the release of prostaglandin and leukotriene from blood leukocytes in the presence and absence of analgesics, reaction patterns are defined that speak for or against analgesic intolerance.

Detailed information on this novel test method can be found at: 


Thomas HarrerMedical management
Ferdinand ReiserTechnical management
Simone HumpenederMedical technical assistant
Evi LangMedical technical assistant
Ina MüllerMedical technical assistant
Kathleen MüllerMedical technical assistant
Isabell SchmidtMedical technical assistant
Svenja YagubogluMedical technical assistant