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December 2018 | Published by RCPA

Issue #087

Welcome to the December issue of ePathway

ePathway is an an e-magazine designed for anyone who is interested in their health and wellbeing and the integral role pathology plays in the diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases.

This month’s issue of ePathway will look at the following:

  • A reminder to be sun smart this summer
  • Growth hormone deficiency, a cause for short stature in children
  • Diagnosing and treating deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
  • The importance of harmonising reference intervals

As Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, we speak to world-leading melanoma pathologist, Professor Richard Scolyer, to discuss how to be sun smart this summer.

Dr Penelope Coates discusses growth hormone deficiency (GHD), how this can affect children's rate of growth and more, and how we investigate it.

We speak to Dr Prahlad Ho to discuss the risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

And finally, Associate Professor Graham Jones explains reference intervals, a common factor in reporting pathology laboratory results, and discusses the importance of harmonising reference intervals.

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Remember to be sun smart this summer

Richard Scolyer – Remember to be sun smart this summer

As we head into summer, it’s important to remember the dangers of the sun, and to be aware of any changes in our skin. We spoke to world-leading melanoma pathologist Professor Richard Scolyer to discuss melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Prof Scolyer is Co-Medical Director and Consultant Pathologist at Melanoma Institute Australia; Senior Staff Specialist, Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney; and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney.

 

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Growth hormone deficiency as a cause for short stature in children

Growth hormone deficiency as a cause for short stature in children
Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) can cause a slow rate or flattening of growth in children, and also changes in muscle mass, cholesterol levels, and bone strength in adults. We spoke to Dr Penelope Coates, Clinical Director of Chemical Pathology at SA Pathology, to discuss this condition, which affects around one in 4,000 to 10,000 children[1].

 

 

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Diagnosing and treating deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

Diagnosing and treating deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
We spoke to Dr Prahlad Ho, Director of Haematology at Northern Health, and inaugural Director of Northern Pathology Victoria, to discuss the risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

 

 

 

 

 

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The importance of harmonising reference intervals

The importance of harmonising reference intervals

A reference interval (RI) is a common factor in reporting pathology laboratory results; it is used to transform a numerical value into clinically meaningful information. However, it is not commonly known that reference intervals can vary between laboratories, often meaning that similar numerical results can be interpreted differently in different laboratories. We spoke to Associate Professor Graham Jones, Chemical Pathologist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, to discuss the importance of harmonising reference intervals.

 

 

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