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.
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Cerebrospinal fluid examination - microscopy and culture; Protein, Glucose (compared with plasma glucose), India ink preparation, Cryptococcal Ag if the CSF cell count is abnormal and/or if patient has HIV infection; cytology to identify eosinophils and malignant cells, if appropriate.
See Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus).
See Haemophilus influenzae infection
Mycobacteria testing - CSF.
See Mycobacterial infection
Gastric aspirate, Ear swabs - Gram stain and culture.
Often termed 'aseptic meningitis'.
Investigation is usually only of value in outbreaks or epidemics, to determine the specific virus responsible.
CSF, faeces, Throat swab, nasopharyngeal aspirate - Virus detection by NAA, culture as appropriate.
See Herpes simplex virus infection
See Cryptococcal infection
CSF microscopy (including phase contrast for motile trophozoites).
CSF microscopy (including cytology for eosinophils).
CSF microscopy (including Cerebrospinal fluid cytology).
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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.
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