Pathology comes from two Greek words namely "pathos" (means feeling or suffering) and "logia" (means the study of). So basically, this is the branch of science that is concerned mostly over studying and diagnosing diseases.
Contrary to popular belief, pathologists do not only examine dead bodies but they also help in formulating diagnosis among the living people. The help coming from these professionals comes in handy typically when diseases are difficult to distinguish.
These medical specialists are medical doctors who specialize in recognizing the basis and the process of development of a disease. Their role centers on examining tissues and bodily fluids for any possible anomalies. And, if surgery becomes crucial in the treatment of the disease then the samples of tissue that are taken out during the process are analyzed by these medical specialists.
Pathologists are essential members of the health care team since the results that come out from their examinations can help the entire medical team in determining the root of all the symptoms manifesting on a patient. And, their findings will also help the team in identifying what kind of treatment to give to the said patient.
Types of Patients
Pathologists work almost on all types of diseases as long as they have body fluid and tissue samples to examine. One example is the disorders of the blood and other clotting problems and pathologists can work on it by carrying out bone marrow biopsies.
These medical specialists can also help in diagnosing skin problems since there is a branch under pathology that focuses on the pathology of the skin. They can also be of great assistance when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of bone and kidney problems. As a matter of fact, there is a subspecialty belonging to the broader pathology, which concentrates on these two areas of the body and these are bone pathology and kidney pathology, respectively.
Most importantly, pathologists can help in the diagnosis of cancer and this is done by examining tumors. These medical professionals do assessment on the tumor and then they would be able to identify its type as well as the possibility of its metastasis.
Pathologist doctors by state:
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