This is not a very satisfying category and hopefully with continuing medical advances, it will shrink. Some of these diseases, like sarcoidosis, have long been suspected to be of an infectious origin. Others may have multifactorial causes, a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental manipulation. The mapping of the human genome will contribute greatly to the understanding of many of these diseases. We have included diseases that affect more than one organ system. Diseases which are of unknown cause but limited to an organ system such as inflammatory bowel disease are listed in the appropriate organ site.
Basic Principles of Disease
Learn the basic disease classifications of cancers, infections, and inflammation
Commonly Used Terms
This is a glossary of terms often found in a pathology report.
Learn how a pathologist makes a diagnosis using a microscope
Surgical Pathology Report
Examine an actual biopsy report to understand what each section means
Understand the tools the pathologist utilizes to aid in the diagnosis
How Accurate is My Report?
Pathologists actively oversee every area of the laboratory to ensure your report is accurate
Last Updated 1/9/2003
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