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Specialized Pathology Treatments

The Pathology team at Arkansas Children’s provides many expert procedures to ensure your child receives the best possible care.

Heart transplant evaluation for rejection

We perform tests and studies to determine how well your child’s immune system will accept a donor heart. This includes figuring out which medicines may be needed to help your child accept the donated organ.

Inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis and treatment

We provide studies of the cells lining the intestines and the colon to find out what is causing inflammation. Tests results help your doctor decide how to treat your child’s condition using medicines and diet.

Eosinophilic esophagitis diagnosis and treatment

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a rare allergic condition that is difficult to diagnose. The condition is known for inflammation and the growth of many white blood cells in the esophagus. The Pathology team performs a biopsy of the esophagus to study the cells of the esophageal wall. If eosinophilic esophagitis is detected, more tests will be performed to figure out allergic triggers and causes.

Bone marrow aspirate to evaluate for acute leukemia

Studies of liquid bone marrow and pieces of bone containing marrow are used to diagnose, confirm and stage leukemia. Cell samples are taken from the hip using a long needle. Doctors then examine the cells to check for abnormal blood cells

Peripheral smear review

A peripheral smear review is a blood test used to look for abnormalities in the number and shape of blood cells. This helps doctors diagnose certain blood disorders and other conditions. Irregularities in the red blood cells can affect how oxygen is delivered throughout the body by the blood. These abnormalities can be caused by mineral or vitamin deficiency or an inherited medical condition.

Blood transfusion

A blood transfusion is when donated blood from our blood bank is transferred to your child through a narrow tube inserted into a vein in the arm. Our pathologists perform tests to ensure that the donated blood is the best match to your child’s blood type.