Paediatric Histopathology

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Paediatric Histopathology is situated in 4th Floor at St Mary's Hospital and is part of the Department of Cellular Pathology and Division of Laboratory Medicine.

This section details information for the requesting of investigations, specimen requirements and communication of results for the department of Paediatric Histopathology. For Adult Histopathology please see the separate section.

Autopsies are carried out by our Consultant Histopathologists, and Trainee Histopathologists within Paediatric Mortuary. Further information can be found on the Paediatric Mortuary user guide or by contacting the relevant consultant pathologist.

Our department deals with approximately 3000 surgical cases and around 400 autopsies annually. Our department comprises approximately over 25 medical, scientific and ancillary staff. We also have IBMS training status and support local universities in the training of Biomedical Science students.

Services offered

The laboratory offers a full range of Histopathology techniques for children. This includes:

  • Routine Diagnostic Histopathology
  • Enzyme Histochemistry, including Muscle Histochemistry
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Fluorescent In Situ Hybridisation (FISH) for soft tissue tumours and neuroblastomas (turn around time of 3-4 days)
  • Immunofluorescence for Renal Biopsies
  • Electron Microscopy via the electron microscopy suite in Clinical Sciences Building
  • Molecular Diagnostics (turn around time 3-7 days) via Genetics 6th floor St Mary’s
  • Non-Gynae Cytology – we only perform a limited range of tests: to detect the presence of malignant cells, eosinophils, lipid or haemosiderin laden macrophages within fluid samples from paediatric patients. Please note we do not perform cell counts.

(Last reviewed 19th July 2017)