Whole eyes submitted to FOCUS-EyePathLab undergo gross examination by the pathologist
, rather than by technical staff alone - this service is not available at many commercial laboratories, and is most important
for whole eye specimens, as the gross examination may reveal specific areas of interest for histopathological examination,
which might otherwise be missed. A number of tissue sections, including a circumferential section of the whole eye, and up
to 7 additional transverse sections from the eye are prepared and examined for each case. Reports for whole eyes are usually
available between 3 and 10 days following receipt at the laboratory, and include the results of gross examination and
a detailed description of the histopathological findings, along with morphological diagnosis and comments; the latter section
includes interpretation of pathological features in the light of clinical features where applicable. Reports for biopsy submissions
are usually available approximately 2 to 4 working days after receipt at the laboratory, but please do let us know if the
sample is urgent, and we will do our best to expedite results. Reporting of cases is routinely performed by e-mail.
Photomicrographs of cases for training or illustrative purposes (for Certificate casebooks, Diploma dissertations, or scientific
publications) are available upon request, for a nominal charge; if you wish to submit good quality digital photographs of
the clinical appearance of the lesions by e-mail (we will respect the copyright of your images) at the time of submitting
the whole eye or biopsy, this is always much appreciated, and in return, we can supply complimentary photomicrographs of your
case for your interest.
Discussion of pathological findings is always welcome, and submission of Follow-up information
is actively encouraged (please see the Follow-up Page
); such information greatly assists our overall understanding of disease processes, and our ability to prognosticate in future
cases, as pathologists are uniquely placed to collate data on conditions that may be encountered less commonly in the clinical
Tutorials in veterinary ocular pathology are available by arrangement; please contact us
for further details.
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