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
Moist lesions or those from the introitus may be scraped using a wooden spatula.
Other lesions in the vulva will be dry and improved cellular preservation will result from rubbing the area with a cottonwool swab dipped in saline and then rolling the swab onto a pre-labelled glass slide.
Alternatively careful scraping with a scalpel blade may yield diagnostic material.
Touch preparations and brush samples may also be obtained from ulcerated lesions.
To avoid air-drying problems, rapid fixation is important.
Papanicolaou staining and microscopy.
Benign and malignant vulval lesions. May be used in combination with colposcopy for follow-up after treatment of VIN.
Cytologic examination can demonstrate the presence of dysplasia, neoplasia, fungal and viral infections eg, Herpes simplex virus.
Gray W and Kocjan G eds. Diagnostic Cytopathology. 3rd ed. 2010. Churchill Livingstone.
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.