The Prenatal and Pediatric Pathology lab deals with all aspects of embryonal, fetal, perinatal, infantile, childhood and adolescent pathology.
Pediatric surgery extensively utilizes the surgical pathology service to evaluate pediatric tumors and non-neoplastic processes that occur in children. Pediatric gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, neurologists, and infectious disease experts work closely with the pediatric pathologist to coordinate efficient processing of samples that contribute to patient care. Obstetricians send placentas from deliveries to evaluate for infection, ischemia or other placental lesions. The Postmortem Medicine service performs autopsies to find the causes of in utero demise and perinatal and childhood deaths. Two board-certified neuropathologists evaluate all pediatric surgical and postmortem neuropathology specimens.
Pediatric clinical pathology services are largely integrated with adult pathology services within the blood bank, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, cytogenetics, and molecular biology laboratories within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In addition, pediatric pathology is included in the Pathology Residency Training Program as unique multidisciplinary antenatal and postnatal 2-month rotations in which the residents have integrated clinical and laboratory experiences taught by obstetrics, pediatrics, and pathology faculty members.