The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
Donate online now using the button below. RCPA Foundation thanks you for your generous support. All funds raised will be allocated to the RCPA Foundation Pathology Education Outreach Fellowship.
Events and Sponsorship Manager
Ph: +61 2 8356 5806
Fax: +61 2 8356 5828
Events and Grants Coordinator
Ph: +61 2 8356 5852
Fax: +61 2 8356 5828
Bruising is usually due to trauma and investigation should only be considered if the degree of bruising is disproportionate to the trauma or if the bruising is apparently spontaneous.
Exclude use of aspirin, other NSAIDs or possibly complementary medicine compounds: Where indicated, initial Full blood count, Prothrombin time, INR, APTT. If these are normal, and there is a low prior probability of underlying bleeding diathesis, no further investigation may be required.
Further investigation is guided by personal and family history. See Bleeding disorders for further information. Specialist input may be appropriate.
Unrecognised trauma, non-accidental injury
Easy and extensive superficial bruising ('senile purpura') is typically seen over extensor surfaces of forearms, due to thin skin and fragility common in the elderly and in those who have experienced prolonged, excessive solar exposure - investigation is inappropriate.
Cushing's syndrome, including prolonged corticosteroid therapy
Connective tissue and collagen disorders:
Page last updated:
The RCPA is the leading organisation representing Pathologists and Senior Scientists in Australasia.
Its mission is to train and support pathologists and senior scientists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare.
The annual scientific meeting for the RCPA which covers the scientific disciplines of Anatomical, Chemical, Forensic, Genetic, General, Haematology, Immunopathology and Microbiology.
Copyright © 2020 RCPA. All rights reserved.