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Researching New Ways to Treat Diseases in Children

We all want our children to grow up healthy and happy. There are many diseases and viruses that try to get in the way of that goal, but the tireless efforts of pediatric pathologists help to keep them at bay. Pediatric pathology is the study of diseases that impact the normal growth and development of children as they grow into adults. Their goal is to create new processes that make it easier to diagnose, treat, and manage diseases in children.

The Importance of Lab Testing

Children’s bodies are rapidly changing, meaning medical practices that work on adults are not always as effective on younger bodies. By studying diseases that have affected children we can develop new treatments that fight the conditions more effectively. Obtaining samples for study is very safe. Most specimens are obtained through biopsies, blood samples, and urine samples. A doctor will likely order a specimen extraction if they need to confirm a diagnosis before treatment can begin.

Pediatric pathology research provides major headway in fighting various conditions that affect children’s growth and development, including:

  • Cancer
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious diseases
  • Issues with metabolism
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Turner syndrome

Observing samples from a child requires an eye trained and experienced in pediatric pathology. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s team works only with samples from patients ages birth to 21. Our dedicated team works diligently to provide quick results to your doctor so treatment can begin as soon as possible.

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