The MCH Pathology department provides consultation services which cover the complete spectrum of pediatric pathology, including fetal and prenatal pathology, pediatric neuropathology, oncology, as well as medical specialties such as gastroenterology, pathology of the placenta, nephropathology, transplant pathology and dermatopathology. Our pathologists also play a key role in diagnosing or ruling out cancer, as well as gauging the efficacy of cancer treatments.
Investigative pathology is conducted to detect disease, inflammation or necrosis (tissue death), to identify injury to cells and tissues, to evaluate wound healing, and to test new tissue or growths. In addition, pathologists interpret medical laboratory tests to help rule out illness or monitor a chronic condition.
The Cytogenetics Laboratory offers diagnostic chromosome assessment before and after birth, using conventional cytogenetic procedures as well as the more recently developed techniques of fluorescence in situ hybridization (ISH). ISH testing may be conducted to detect viruses such as cytomegalovirus, varicella-zoster, and hepatitis.
Pathology of the placenta
Pathology testing of the placenta can aid in early neonatal care, providing risk assessment and other valuable data.
Dermatopathology and gastroenterology
Dermatopathology is conducted to study diseases related to the skin (cutaneous) at a microscopic level. Gastroenterology focuses on the digestive tract to identify complex intestine, liver, pancreas and nutritional disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases, hepatitis or digestive problems.
Transplant pathology: before, during and after
We offer a comprehensive biopsy and consultation service related to organ transplants, which aids in the planning of treatment strategies.
Our skilled pathologists may evaluate tissue from patients who are prospective transplant recipients. A pre-transplant biopsy helps determine the cause of the patient’s underlying liver, kidney, intestinal, lung or heart disease, and can help confirm the need for transplant.
Pathologists continue to test organs post-transplant (after the patient has undergone transplant surgery) to detect possible issues, including infection, ischemia (restricted blood supply to tissues), rejection of the new organ, or other complications. Additionally, conducting tests on tissue from the resected (removed) organ can confirm the pre-transplant diagnosis and may be used to confirm or modify the treatment plan.