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What are pathology requests?

Pathology requests are orders from healthcare providers for laboratory tests to diagnose and evaluate medical conditions. These tests can include blood tests, tissue biopsies, and other types of diagnostic testing.

Pathology requests typically include:

  • Information about the patient's medical history

  • The reason for the request

  • The specific type of laboratory test being ordered

The request may also include any special instructions or considerations, such as the need for fasting before the test or the need to avoid certain medications. Pathology requests are typically sent to a pathology laboratory, where the tests are performed, and the results are reported back to the healthcare provider. The results of these tests can help healthcare providers determine the best course of treatment for a patient.

What can pathologists help with?

Pathologists are medical professionals who specialise in diagnosing diseases and other medical conditions using laboratory tests. They are typically not directly involved in treating patients. Still, they play a critical role in diagnosing and managing many different medical conditions.

Some common conditions that pathology can help with include:

  • Infectious diseases, such as bacterial and viral infections

  • Cancers and other types of tumours

  • Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis

  • Genetic conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and Down syndrome

  • Cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes

  • Endocrine disorders, such as diabetes and thyroid disorders

  • Metabolic disorders, such as liver and kidney disease

  • Neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis

Pathologists use a wide range of laboratory tests to diagnose these and other conditions, including blood tests, tissue biopsies, and imaging studies. The specific tests and techniques used will vary depending on the individual case and the patient's needs.

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