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do doctors always do a pathology report after an appendectomy?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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.
Dr. Jennifer Giltnane
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.
Dr. Sabha Ganai
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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