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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Stereotactic aspiration needle biopsy or biopsy from open craniotomy.
Laboratory staff should be consulted before the biopsy procedure.
Fresh tissue: for microbiology, frozen section, molecular studies.
Fixed tissue: for light microscopy, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy (special fixative); for infective, metabolic and degenerative and diffuse conditions adequate tissue should be taken to permit electron microscopy and biochemical studies.
Frozen section for intra-operative diagnosis of malignancy and for assessment of adequacy of submitted specimen.
Diagnosis of infectious, degenerative, vascular and metabolic diseases and investigation of epilepsy.
The report by the pathologist will include lesion type and, if malignant, tumour grade.
Infective lesions may require immunoperoxidase, in situ hybridisation or histochemical staining for confirmation.
Diagnostic interpretation of tissue sample by light microscopy and special techniques by pathologists.
See Oligodendroglioma - FISH testing.
Lewitt PA et al. In: Goetz CG ed. Textbook of Clinical Neurology. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2003.
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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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