Wound Pathogen Detection

Wound Pathogen Detection

Wound Pathogen Detection services offered in Dallas, TX

Chronic wounds are often caused by pathogens that standard culture testing may miss. At MD Molecular Diagnostics, in Dallas, Texas, the highly skilled laboratory professionals offer a wound pathogen detection panel that looks for pathogens and antibiotic-resistant genes not easily detectable using standard testing methods. If you would like to learn more, call the office today.

Wound Pathogen Detection Q & A

What is wound pathogen detection?

Wound pathogen detection is advanced molecular lab testing available at MD Molecular Diagnostics. The state-of-the-art laboratory uses advanced testing tools and technology for fast and accurate results.


Wounds are often caused by trauma or pathological processes (infection). In many cases, chronic wound infections are the result of pathogens that are difficult to detect using standard wound culture techniques. 


These unidentified pathogens make it harder for providers to effectively treat their patients, prolonging their recovery. Wound pathogen detection at MD Molecular Diagnostics takes out the guesswork when it comes to effective wound care.


Unidentified pathogens and antibiotic-resistant bacteria can lead to ineffective treatments Antibiotic resistance occurs when the pathogen develops genes that make the antibiotic used to treat it completely useless.


The highly sensitive and accurate wound pathogen detection tests at MD Molecular Diagnostics identify pathogens of all types, including those resistant to antibiotics.

Who needs wound pathogen detection?

Anyone with a slow healing, or chronic wound will benefit s from wound pathogen detection at MD Molecular Diagnostics. MD Molecular Diagnostics wound pathogen detection panel can be used with skin and tissue samples. 

What does wound pathogen detection look for?

MD Molecular Diagnostics wound pathogen detection panel detects pathogenic bacterial, fungal, and antibiotic-resistant targets. Some examples of the pathogens the test includes are:


  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Enterobacter
  • Aspergillus
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Candida albicans


The wound pathogen detection panel also checks for specific antibiotic resistance biomarkers, including genes specific for methicillin, oxacillin, beta-lactam, and trimethoprim resistance.


Antibiotic resistance testing is run simultaneously with pathogen testing, which is impossible using conventional culture techniques. Early detection of these resistance markers ensures your patient gets the best treatment from the start. 

When can I expect results from wound pathogen detection?

MD Molecular Diagnostics routinely gets wound pathogen detection tests back within 24-48 hours. The type of molecular testing used at the state-of-the-art lab detects pathogen comorbidities with 98-100% certainty, is 3-5 times more sensitive, and 2-3 times faster than conventional wound cultures.