Native and transplant kidney biopsies:
The Electron Microscopy Unit provides a service for the West-London Renal and Transplant Unit based at Hammersmith Hospital. The results of the ultrastructural examination of a tissue sample by Dr Linda Moran and Dr Heather Brooks supplement the light microscopy (including special stains and immunocytochemistry) to guide the clinical team to adopt the most appropriate treatment pathway for each individual patient.
Skeletal muscle and peripheral nerve biopsies:
The Electron Microscopy Unit provides a diagnostic Neuropathology service for biopsies which originate from within Charing Cross Hospital; samples are transported from the clinics to specimen reception (3rd floor; Histopathology Department). The core biopsy is dissected and transferred to EM fixative. This diagnostic service is co-ordinated by Consultant Neuropatholgists Dr Clara Limback-Stanic ([email protected]) and Dr Javier Alegre ([email protected]).
The EM Unit also provides an equivalent external Neuropathology Service to another Hospital Trust.
Other samples examined within the EM Unit include: skin and duodenum
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|Turnaround time||The EM Unit aims to have provide an ultrastructural report for 95% of renal native biopsies within 7 calendar days, although this may not always be achievable due to the complex interpretive nature of the EM specimens.|
At times, it may be necessary to refer work to other laboratories or consultants. This requirement is assessed on a case-by-case basis.