In 2016, about 400 medical and dental clinics/practices as well as 20 hospitals and hospital departments sent their specimens to our institution. Because of the key role histopathology plays in terms of diagnostics and therapy planning, we maintain a close relationship with almost every other medical discipline. With our reports, we aim to answer every relevant diagnostic question in view of the source and type of the specimen and any further clinical questions. If additional clinical information is required we seek immediate direct contact to our colleagues in both hospitals and private practices in order to prevent any delays in the clinical management.
For more than 25 years the private practice histopathology lab (Gemeinschaftspraxis Pathologie - Hamburg) and the clinical lab Labor Lademannbogen MVZ are sharing logistics on various aspects from pick-up and delivery service to IT. In recent years the collaboration has been extended by a very close scientific and professional exchange with our colleagues in the clinical lab and microbiology as well as with the teams in molecular biology and human genetics. Diagnostic performance also benefits from synergies in using equipment and facilities. Genetic aspects of hereditary cancers are managed in collaboration with the Hamburg Specialist Laboratory for Molecular Genetic Diagnostics. Those molecular pathology analyses not provided by our own department are delivered by Professor Barbara Dockhorn-Dworniczak and her colleagues at the Kempten-Allgaeu Pathology Centre. The centre is equipped with the latest technology ensuring a high level of innovation and quality. These services primarily include DNA sequence analysis using next-generation sequencing with high sensitivity and multiplex PCR approaches for parallel examination of different target genes for individualised treatment as part of personalised medicine.
The consultants of our department regularly receive external requests for second opinion on endocrine pathology, pathology of the salivary glands and pathology of the gastrointestinal tract. In the same way we also seek advice in complex differential diagnostic issues from external consulting partners or engage them as reference pathologists if, for example, the guidelines of the German Society for Digestive and Metabolic Disorders (DGVS) or the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) require an external opinion.
List of reference centres and partners we are collaborating with:
A string of academic collaborations, regular participation in external continuing professional development events, including active involvement as experts and invited lecturers, and membership in various professional societies aim to ensure that our diagnostic expertise reflects the latest research findings and stays in line with current guidelines. In order to gather new ideas for our daily diagnostic work, we also maintain a close dialogue with institutions of other medical disciplines and share our knowledge as part of joint projects.