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Background

William Harvey first described and demonstrated the circulation of the blood.  Until his descriptions, it was thought the blood would ebb and flow like the tides of the ocean.  Although there are days when we feel as if our blood is sludging through our vessels, it is a dynamic torrent of fluid, pumped by the heart and returned by an intricate network of blood vessels.  Biopsies of the heart are infrequent but done to evaluate the status of a transplanted heart as well as to rule out a cardiomyopathy.

Atherosclerosis (Coronary Artery Disease)
Blood Vessels
Cardiac Enzymes (C-Reactive Protein, Troponin, CK-MB)
Heart
Hypertension
Lipid Profile Panel
Thrombosis


Commonly Used Terms

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.

Diagnostic Process
Learn how a pathologist makes a diagnosis using a microscope

Surgical Pathology Report
Examine an actual biopsy report to understand what each section means

Special Stains
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


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Last Updated 1/14/2003

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