Pediatric & Perinatal Pathology
UniPath offers a long-standing and extensive program focused on pediatric and perinatal pathology with experienced pathologists that have fellowships and are subspecialty boarded in pediatric pathology. The subspecialty of pediatric pathology requires the pathologists to have completed their four-year general pathology studies and an additional two years of pediatric pathology fellowship training. Subspecialty boards in pediatric pathology are then taken in addition to general anatomic and/or clinical pathology boards.
Department of Pediatric & Perinatal Pathology
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A brief description of the services and scope follows:
Perinatal pathology is concerned with the developing embryo and fetus, and the abnormalities that lead to a less than expected outcome of pregnancy. This also includes the study of the placenta, the organ that supports the developing baby through its entire gestation. Subspecialists in perinatal pathology learn to recognize abnormalities that affect the placenta and developing baby such as infections and genetic conditions. Our subspecialty physicians at our laboratories examine thousands of placentas and products of conception each year to help family practitioners, nurse midwives, and obstetricians care for mothers and babies. Additionally, we perform hundreds of fetal autopsies annualy to help caregivers and families understand why their pregnancy did not result in a healthy baby.
Pediatric pathology is a discipline that not only covers the unborn baby and placenta, but all aspects of problems encountered in the neonatal period, childhood, and young adulthood. At our laboratories, subspecialists in pediatric pathology examine all tissues obtained at the time of surgery, endoscopy, bronchoscopy, or cardiac catheterization in patients in the newborn period up to the age of 18.
Scope of Services
Both perinatal and pediatric specimens can be evaluated in multiple ways to help primary care physicians give appropriate care to their patients. These include:
- Gross examination
- Routine light microscopy
- Immunoperoxidase studies for infectious organisms
- Immunoperoxidase studies to aid in the diagnosis of complex tumors
- Molecular and cytogenetic studies to help evaluate complex tumors
- Ultrastructural studies
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