The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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Diagnostic approach dictated by clinical features. Consider likely cause(s) in terms of site of abnormality. Cerebrospinal fluid examination may be indicated.
Lower motor neurone
Guillain Barré syndrome
Nerve root compression
Spinal cord compression
See trauma, tumour, abscess, below.
Upper motor neurone (cerebral, spinal cord lesions)
Lesion biopsy, including Fine needle aspiration biopsy, if appropriate.
Lesion biopsy, Fine needle aspiration biopsy if appropriate: MCS pus (microscopy and culture).
Motor neurone disease
Molecular genetics - genetic disorders studies on family members, if the disease is suspected to be familial - consult pathologist.
Inherited degenerative disorders
Enzyme studies or Molecular genetics - genetic disorders may be available - consult pathologist.
Subacute combined degeneration of the cord
See Vitamin B12 deficiency.
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Its mission is to train and support pathologists and senior scientists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare.
The annual scientific meeting for the RCPA which covers the scientific disciplines of Anatomical, Chemical, Forensic, Genetic, General, Haematology, Immunopathology and Microbiology.
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