Although a medical history and a physical exam can give doctors a lot of information about your child’s condition, in some cases pediatric pathology (lab work) gives a more complete picture of what’s going on inside your child’s body. We provide many different kinds of testing for kids of all ages, from birth to adolescence, in inpatient or outpatient care.
Your child’s doctor may order lab work for any number of reasons:
- to help diagnose an illness or condition
- to monitor an illness
- to determine whether treatment is working
- to see how well your child’s organs are functioning
Commonly performed tests include:
- blood and body fluid tests, including complete blood count; coagulation (blood clotting) testing; blood typing and antibody screening; arterial blood gas tests; blood electrolytes; and chemistries (glucose, protein, etc.) from serum, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and joint fluid
- drug therapy monitoring
- cultures: tests that can identify infection by checking for the growth of bacteria or viruses; antigen tests of the blood, throat, urine, spinal fluid, stool, or wound drainage
- sweat testing to look for evidence of cystic fibrosis
What is Pathology?
The specialty of pathology focuses on analyzing specimens to look for clues about the nature and cause of disease through microscopic changes in cells or tissues.
Our pediatric pathology testing ranges from the routine to the complex:
- evaluation of organ tissue removed during surgery
- evaluation of tissue obtained from biopsy
- other special tests performed on histological specimens such as the demonstration of tissue antigens and gene markers
- genetic and chromosomal analysis
- blood and bone marrow transplant specimen processing
Nemours’ onsite pediatric pathology lab is staffed with highly-qualified physicians who are board certified in pathology. They analyze a variety of specimens using the latest in equipment. This technology allows us to get the most accurate results on the smallest sample.