Thoracic pathology deals with diseases and conditions that affect the lungs.
Smoking, allergies, asthma, and infections like pneumonia or tuberculosis can cause breathing problems. Lung cancer and noncancerous tumors of the lungs are also diagnoses to be considered.
The Role of the Pulmonary Pathologist
If your doctor suspects that you may have an infection or other lung condition, he or she will probably order a lung biopsy or a sputum sample.
The sample will arrive in our lab, and one of our highly trained pulmonary pathologists will test and examine it for signs of disease.
The pathologist will share his or her pathologic diagnosis with your doctor, who will use the information to begin planning your treatment.
Learn more about thoracic pathology from the Department of Pathology.