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What is the difference between a histology and a pathology report?

What is the difference between a histology and a pathology report?

Unclear question: Histology usually refers to microscopic features of a tissue. Pathology report has interpretation of the findings and is usually more than just histology. Pathology reports also deal with blood tests, microbial cultures and genetic tests. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Deeken
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Pathology (Definition)

Pathology is essentially the study of disease. Specialist trained to help diagnose disease (laboratory medicine) are known as pathologists. Pathologist have completed medical school and completed a ...Read more


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What does a typical pathology report state at the minimum?

The basics: Patient identifying data, site from which the tissue was taken, a description of what was received by the pathologist and if so what type of preservative / fixative if any. On resected specimens, the description showcases the pathologist's sharp eyes. Almost always there will be a microscopic description of some portion stained in some way, unless it's orthopedic hardware or something similar. ...Read more

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Is it common to hear the result of tests (blood, pathology, ct, MRI etc) only by phone or email? In the case there was no problem on the test

Yes: Especially now with electronic medical records, pathology and imaging test results are frequently transmitted to a site that allows you to log in and see the result. Sensitive tests are discussed orally or in person. Because of hippa, no health care organization will directly email you the results -- only tell you where to log in to see them. ...Read more

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Some pathology reports have "blood film" and "film examined?" on them. What is a blood film for, that is, what can it provide evidence of?

Some pathology reports have "blood film" and "film examined?" on them.  What is a blood film for, that is, what can it provide evidence of?

Blood film: A blood film refers to a slide made of a sample of the blood. It is also called a peripheral blood smear. By looking at the blood under the microscope you can identify abnormalities in red cells, white cells, and platelets. You can diagnose a leukemia, for instance. a CBC (complete blood count) also is an analysis of the blood cells, but this is different from looking at a blood film directly. ...Read more

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What pathology could mimic a pain that goes from my back to my side to my abdomen on L in a belt type fashion and would it show in general blood work?

What pathology could mimic a pain that goes from my back to my side to my abdomen on L in a belt type fashion and would it show in general blood work?

Depends: If the pain is limited to one side of the body, you may be getting shingles. If it is a chronic issue and affecting both sides, then an in-person history, physical and blood tests may be needed to resolve the question. ...Read more

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Some Doctors say HPV can't be detected by blood test & it's impossible when others yes with antibodies! Pathology doctors too! Whom should I believe?

Some Doctors say HPV can't be detected by blood test & it's impossible  when others yes with antibodies! Pathology doctors too! Whom should I believe?

Antibodies=exposure: HPV lives primarily in the epithelial cells that line the skin and some body cavities. Our immune system reacts by making antibodies which if strong enough may limit or prevent future infections as is expected with young women who have been vaccinated. Currently the best way to test for the virus is to examine material from the infected tissue . There is no blood test. ...Read more

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Is there any pathology to what causes chronic fatigue syndrome if standard blood test show normal? Has anyone had any positive clinical experience?

Is there any pathology to what causes chronic fatigue syndrome if standard blood test show normal? Has anyone had any positive clinical experience?

Chronic Fatigue: Syndrome is a collectioon of signs & symptoms that can be caused by a number of different issues, such as: adrenal/thryoid imbalances, infections with viruses, lyme, mycoplasma and others, and several more. The DX of chronic fatigue syndrome is usually made after ruling out all the other possibilities. ...Read more

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