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Pathology Tests Explained

Pathology Tests Explained is a not-for profit organisation that provides information about pathology tests.

It is funded principally by the Australasian Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (AACB), one of pathology’s peak bodies representing many of the professionals who work in laboratories.

Vision and mission

The aim of Pathology Tests Explained is to provide you with information about pathology testing that you can rely on as being accurate and authoritative. The content is written by practicing pathologists and scientists including some of Australia’s leading experts who work in public or private pathology laboratories or hold appointments with professional societies, all in Australia.

How Pathology Tests Explained can help

Pathology Tests Explained can help by providing all you need to know about the pathology tests that will be used to diagnose, treat, and manage any illness you have.

They can help if you:

  • have been asked to have tests
  • have a diagnosis but aren’t sure what lies ahead
  • are managing a chronic illness
  • are caring for someone having tests
  • are a health professional looking for information to pass on to a patient or seeking a quick resource for yourself

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Last reviewed: May 2022

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Urine culture - Pathology Tests Explained

Why and when to get tested for a urine culture

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Sweat Chloride Test - Pathology Tests Explained

Prenatal screening provides pregnant women with the option to refine the probability of having a fetus with a common fetal chromosomal anomaly such as Down syndrome or a structural defect such as spina bifida.

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CF gene mutation testing - Pathology Tests Explained

To detect cystic fibrosis (CF) genetic mutations, to establish CF carrier status or to establish the diagnosis of CF in an individual.

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Vitamin B12 and folate - Pathology Tests Explained

Why and when to get tested for vitamin B12 and folate

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Toxoplasma gondii - Pathology Tests Explained

To detect a Toxoplasma gondii infection in an patient, particularly patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV ) or patients that are to undergo heart, lung, kidney or lung transplantation A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes , , or vitreal aspirate if infection of the brain, unborn child or eye respectively are suspected Toxoplasmosis testing is performed in order to detect and diagnose a current or past Toxoplasma gondii infection

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Sputum Culture - Pathology Tests Explained

A sputum culture is ordered to detect and diagnose bacterial lower respiratory tract infections such as bacterial pneumonia

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Erythrocyte sedimentation rate - Pathology Tests Explained

Why and when to get an ESR done

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Troponin (I or T) - Pathology Tests Explained

Why and when to get tested for troponin

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Chromogranin A - Pathology Tests Explained

To help diagnose and monitor and other tumours When you have symptoms suggestive of a carcinoid tumour, such as flushing, diarrhoea, and/or wheezing; when your healthcare provider thinks that you may have a carcinoid or other neuroendocrine tumour A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm Fasting may be required; follow any instructions from your healthcare provider or laboratory Chromogranin A (CgA) is a released from cells

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