Patients & Parents - ARCHIMEDlife

Patients & Parents

Protecting your and your baby´s health is our highest goal.

We make personalized diagnostics and appropiate laboratory tests accessible for you.

If you or your baby suffer from an undefined set of symptoms you should first see your health care professional and seek medical advice. In many cases your health care professional then takes a blood sample for further analysis by a diagnostic laboratory.

Why getting tested by ARCHIMEDlife?

Each patient is unique and yet we handle them all the same: with utmost care. Getting tested with ARCHIMEDlife you can rely on

  • Highest quality standards
  • Minimal invasive blood sampling
  • Fast and comprehensive medical reporting

ARCHIMEDlife is a diagnostic laboratory, that combines different testing methods for the best and fastest clinical outcome. Many (rare) diseases can be quickly diagnosed by accurate genetic, biochemical and biomarker analysis. The faster the diagnosis the better you can start with appropriate medication and therapy to quickly improve your and your baby´s health.

From routine lab tests to personalized diagnostics

We commit to develop better and faster high-quality diagnostics for you and your family. We work closely together with leading manufacturers and experts worldwide to improve laboratory tests, and evaluate novel disease-specific biomarkers to better characterize and understand diseases.

Please consult your doctor to ask for testing by ARCHIMEDlife as your laboratory diagnostic partner.

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Inborn Errors of Metabolism

We are specialized in the diagnosis of Inborn Errors of Metabolism. These disorders are very rare and often hard to be diagnosed. We have established special blood tests to quickly provide reliable laboratory results. These include:

  • Lysosomal Storage Disorders: Morbus Pompe, Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I, II, IVa, VI, Fabry, Gaucher and Krabbe disease
  • Amino acid and acylcarnitine profiles  for Aminoacidurias, Organoacidurias and Fatty Oxidation Metabolism (from DBS)
  • Methylmalonic acid (from serum/plasma/urine) and Homocystein (from serum/plasma/DBS)

See also our special program for Baby´s Health below.

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Babies’ Health

Since decades, the early detection of various Inborn Errors of Metabolism such as Phenylketonuria (or known as PKU) and many other diseases soon after birth can help to prevent serious problems, such as brain damage and organ damage or even death.

Supplemental Newborn Screening

We offer supplemental blood tests in addition to public newborn screening programs such as:

  • T-cell Receptor Excision circles (TRECs) testing as a marker for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). TRECs are stable and can be measured on the dried blood spots routinely collected from babies. SCID is a group of disorders characterized by a severe defect in T cell production and function, such that affected infants die of infections by the age of two unless immunity is reconstituted by special treatment.
  • enzyme activity testing for Lysosomal Storage Disorders: We offer a special blood test for infantile Pompe, Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I, II, IVa, VI, Fabry, Gaucher and Krabbe disease.


When is the best time to test the baby?
The blood sample for the Newborn Screening should be taken shortly after birth by your pediatrician.

How is the test performed?
The blood sample is taken via a heel prick using a Dried Blood Spot card. Only a few drops of blood are needed.

Please contact your pediatricians on time to receive additional Newborn Screening tests by ARCHIMEDlife for your baby.

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Oncogenetics

Inherited Cancer

Some people have an inherited mutation in a cancer gene that increases their risk of developing particular types of cancer. Cancers due to inherited mutations are much less common than sporadic cancers (estimated 3%). The more relatives who have had the same or related types of cancer, and the younger they were at diagnosis, the stronger someone’s family history is. We offer genetic testing for all known cancer genes. Your counselor can choose the relevant disease genes depending on your personal history.

Cancer Personalized Medicine

The discovery of molecular mechanisms for tumor growth and metastasis formation has opened an abundance of therapeutic options, which have led to improved prognosis in many types of cancer. We are characterizing the individual tumor´s profile for treatment stratification. Ultra deep genetic analysis allows evaluation of therapeutic success and therapy monitoring.

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Clinical Chemistry

We test different parameters in blood and urine samples. We are currently offering:

  • Ethylglucuronide and Ethylsulfate in urine, plasma and serum: These parameters are relatively new, but specific parameters for the assessment of alcohol consumption.
  • 25-OH-Vitamin D2/D3 in plasma and serum including C-3 epimeric form of 25-OH-Vitamin D3 (3-epi-25-OH-Vitamin D3) to avoid potential false high analytical Vitamin D values.

How to order a test

Please consult your physician if you are interested in any laboratory test we offer. To gather reliable medical information you need a doctor’s consultation first, need to sign an informed consent prior a blood sample can be taken and sent to us.

For several laboratory tests we use Dried Blood Spot cards. A very simple and convenient way for blood sampling for you and your family. 

Please note: Laboratory tests can only be ordered by your physician.

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