The Division of Neuropathology at the University of Virginia performs the full range of biopsy and identification services, including histochemistries and electron microscopy. The Division has particular strengths in:
- Specialized analyses for pituitary tumors. These analyses are critical to the strength of our Neuroendocrine Center and Pituitary Tumor Program. Because pituitary adenomas are rare, the Neuropathology Laboratories at UVA stand almost alone in providing the breadth of immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy required for a full understanding of the biologic nature of the tumor. These analyses determine the hormone content of tumor cells and the degree of cellular differentiation of pituitary adenomas.
- Processing, analysis and interpretation of muscle and peripheral
nerve biopsies. Many competent community pathologists lack the
specialized facilities for proper preparation of nerve and muscle
biopsies, and perform only routine paraffin/H&E sectioning. This
minimal analysis can limit the opportunity to uncover subtle but real
disease processes. The Neuropathology Laboratory of the University of
Virginia Health System offers a complete panel of special stains,
including frozen section muscle enzyme histochemistry, and when
indicated, immunohistochemistry for specific markers of inclusion body
myositis and muscular dystrophies. We also can perform electron
microscopic analysis for specialized cases, including suspected
mitochondrial cytopathies and demyelinating processes, for
For more information about these services, please call (434) 982-4293 or email the Neuropathology Laboratory Manager.