A 45-year-old member asked:
do doctors always do a pathology report after an appendectomy?
3 doctor answers • 14 doctors weighed in
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Hospitals require that all tissues removed during surgery be sent to pathology for examination for quality assurance and to ensure that no findings are missed.
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Pathology 13 years experience
Yes: Yes, if an appendix is submitted by a surgeon to pathology, the pathologist will examine the tissue by eye and under the microscope and submit a report. This is important in case the findings do not explain the patient's symptoms or, rarely, if something unexpected (like cancer or parasites) is present.
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Surgical Oncology 20 years experience
Typically: Yes - surgeons usually submit the appendectomy specimen to the pathologist to confirm (1) appendicitis (2) or a normal appendix, and (3) rarely a tumor or other unexpected finding.
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Last updated Dec 24, 2018
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