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Tissue typing

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The Addenbrooke's Hospital Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (Tissue Typing) laboratory provides a specialist service for the East of England region and is part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

We offer a comprehensive range of molecular and serological techniques to identify Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA) and immunological sensitisation to HLA. These tests are performed in support of the regional solid organ and stem cell transplant programmes and to aid the clinical diagnosis of HLA associated diseases and treatment strategies for drug hypersensitivity reactions.

The laboratory is responsible for the selection of HLA compatible donor and recipient pairs for renal and stem cell transplantation and for HLA typing, HLA specific antibody screening and crossmatching in support of the renal, small intestinal, multi-visceral, hepatic and cardiothoracic transplant programmes.

Non-urgent advice: Referral

Healthcare professionals: Any requests for patient reports should be emailed to

Patients: The laboratory usually does not have direct contact with patients; however, if there is an issue your healthcare professional cannot deal with directly then email