Histopathology and Cytopathology

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Histopathology and Cytopathology

Histopathology and Cytopathology


The histology laboratory offers a diagnostic service to research projects, private and public sectors. The team of Histopathologists, Medical Laboratory Scientists, Technologists and Technicians, with vast experience offers a diagnostic and consultative service on tissue samples including biopsies and resection specimens.

The diagnostic services are rendered on an array of disease processes including infectious diseases, inflammatory skin conditions, lung and renal disorders and cancers. Routine histology and intraoperative consultation is offered in specialised cases.

Ancillary techniques such as immunohistochemistry, and molecular techniques form part of the tools utilised in improving diagnostic accuracy.

Participation in multidisciplinary meetings and cancer forums ensures that our pathologists are in constant contact with treating physicians and offer a cutting edge clinically relevant diagnostic service.


Our cytology laboratory analyses both gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology. Cytology is used to determine the nature of lesions and often to look for infections. It is mainly a screening tool to triage patients’ management.

Our non-gynae service examines urines, pleural and ascitic fluids, breast fluids, CSF’s and fine needle aspirations (FNA’s).

Our samples can often be sent for molecular analysis, immunochemistry, cultures or further testing if required. If you are submitting a non-gynae sample, either submit spray fixed slides, or fluids in a green top urine bottle with saline; NOT a LBC bottle. We look at both conventional slides and Liquid based cytology (LBC) in our gynae screening service. We currently use the Surepath system for our LBC, which requires the brush to be submitted in the bottle.

Please label samples and provide as much information as possible.

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