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Old 02-08-2001, 05:47 PM   #1
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Pathology and Infertility???

Hi, I'm looking for help again! Big surprise!! Does anyone know what exactly a pathologist is? I've been told by a doctor that if I can get ahold of slides from my d&c's from my miscarries that she could run pathology tests on them and maybe see first hand what the "villan" is that's causing me to miscarry. Out of the 5 specialist I have already seen, this has never been mentioned. I'm not sure what "pathology" is, but the way she put it, it made good sence. Maybe this kind of testing could be helpful to some of you. Even if you've never been pregnant, maybe you need some pathology testing to find your "villan". I just don't know what it is. I know they test tissue, but a byopsy can do that. Do they test blood too? Something different has got me excited, maybe there is hope for me, no one else has ever done this kind of testing..but why??? I would appreciate any info. on this. I'm so curious!!! Maybe this could help alot of us, you could ask you doctors!!! Gosh, I HOPE!!! Thanks, Leslie

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Old 02-08-2001, 06:41 PM   #2
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Re: Pathology and Infertility???

Go to search, and type in "pathology tests" and I read something about it there.

Old 02-08-2001, 06:46 PM   #3
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Leslie: Just me again! I read your post and it triggered a memory.

When I switched doctors 2 yrs. ago, my new doctor, after he looked at my old file, saw that there had never been a test run after my miscarriage to check for a particular bacteria which causes miscarriages. (I hope someone here can give you better details!) He was able to take a specimen sample from me during my routine gyno appt. (Like a pap.)

I didn't have the bacteria after all, but from what he told me, if I had, it's EASILY TREATED and once you finish the med, it's gone for good. No more bacteria. Perhaps no more miscarriage?

Well, there are no guarantees in life but... <IMG SRC="">

Anyhow, considering the fact that you ARE getting pregnant, this COULD be a possibility.


Good luck and PLEASE let us know! My fingers are crossed for you!

Old 02-09-2001, 04:31 PM   #4
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Girls- thank you for your replies...I'm so stupid, I'm sitting at a computer, I guess I could look it up! I can't think staight anymore! I hope it could be something as simple as the "bacteria" thing, that would be so nice! I'm going to check into it and I'll let you know! It may take me a while to get all my "stuff" together to send to this doctor, it has taken forever for my paper records to be transfered...I have to travel for all my testing, no specialist around here! With working, it's so difficult! but I'll let you know, thank you so much! Leslie

Old 02-26-2001, 05:39 PM   #5
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Hello girls. I am just writing to let you know what a pathologist is. A pathologist is the doctor at the hospital who looks at any tissue removed from your body to give a diagnosis. This tissue is cut, processed, and then placed on a slide so that the pathologist can look at it through a microscope. You cannot make an appointment with this doctor and patients rarely ever meet him/her. They usually work in the hospital, unless they have their own laboratory. They do not perform blood tests themselves - machines and technicians take care of that. If you had a D&C due to a miscarriage or excessive bleeding, the tissue removed from your uterus was submitted to the pathology department and a diagnosis was rendered. If you want a second opinion, you can always call the department of pathology at the hospital and have them send it to the another doctor. I hope this information is helpful.

Old 02-26-2001, 08:16 PM   #6
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buehler9- thank you for your re-ply. I've learned a little bit about it now, but I still have a question, maybe you could answer? I had a stillborn the first time I was pg. and 9 miscarries since then, so have the hospitals run tests on my tissues from my d&c's? Because I just paid to have my slides sent to New York for testing, I was told by the doctor this would be a good direction to go in, but if these tests have already been ran, am I waisting my money and hopes that this doctor may find something? Or maybe is she doing more extensive testing that could maybe show something? If you have anymore info. I would sure appreciate it. Thank you again very much. Lesliep

Old 02-27-2001, 03:17 PM   #7
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To the best of my memory from college I think that when you have surgery most of the bi-products so to speak are classified as medical waste. I don't know that hospitals would actually send up specimens from surgeries to pathology because of the expense involved. The only exception that I can think of would be in exploratory surgeries, when the doctor is trying to find something out of the ordinary or when a patient specifically requests to have a pathological analysis.

I know that the term bi-product is such harse word especially when we sometimes go thru them after a lost pregnancy. Yes, I know that D&C's are performed for other medical reasons, but shortly after I delivered my Dylan, had I not been able to deliver the placenta myself, I would have had to go thru a D&C. Shortly after I delivered Dylan, we were faced with the question of do we offer him a proper burial or let the hospital take care of it? I couldn't bare the thought of him being medical waste, so we took him home and did what we felt was right.

Sometimes I wonder what would have been found had they done analysis on the placenta. Would a reason be determined why we lost him? Would it offer an ounce of prevention so to speak? Maybe, but we'd already been thru too much hell and too much heartache in one day that I am comfortable not asking for that procedure.

I hope you find thru this board the answers you are seeking. And thank you for your kind words in regards to my post on "I am so sick..."

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