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Anatomical Pathology

We identify structural modifications of organs, tissues and cells to diagnose paediatric diseases and work towards personalised treatments.

The Anatomical Pathology Department at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital analyses the changes that occur in organs, tissues and cells in the different paediatric, maternal-fetal and gynaecological diseases to learn about their origin and to help determine guidelines for clinical implementation. At our facilities, we analyse samples from the clinical departments and units of the Hospital and external centres that contact our institution for an initial diagnosis or for a second anatomical pathology evaluation .

The Anatomical Pathology Team arrives at a diagnosis based on the observation of the morphological lesions produced by the different diseases in organs, tissues and cells. Through the evaluation of the patient's clinical context and the histomolecular abnormalities characteristic of certain diseases, we diagnose a great number of paediatric diseases in a precise, fast and reliable way.

Our triple mission is to provide support in diagnosis, transmit knowledge and investigate the specific causes , consequences and responses of each organ to different diseases. The department is linked to the Biobank, with which we collaborate closely in the management of the samples donated for research.

We study highly complex diseases. Each year we analyse more than 12,000 samples, whose 9,000 are biopsies. The total number of analyses performed has increased by more than 30% in the last 4 years and the Biobank collects more than 6,000 samples, mostly from paediatric patients.

What we offer

The Anatomical Pathology Department at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is responsible for the diagnosis of paediatric and women's diseases. 

Paediatric services and specialisations

Study of diagnostic biopsies of the different paediatric specialties, surgical specimens and intraoperative biopsies and the performance of autopsies.

It is not covered by public health

Area of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Biopsies, endometrial aspirates, surgical specimens, exfoliative cytology, breast punctures and Tru-cut biopsies, fetal autopsies, study of embryos from abortions.

It is not covered by public health

Paediatric cancer pathologies

Study of tumours in children. We diagnose solid tumours that affect children from the perinatal stage to the age of 18.

It is not covered by public health

Developmental pathologies

Study of malformations, metabolic diseases, perinatal pathologies and paediatric neuropathologies, with the study of the central nervous system and muscle biopsy.

It is not covered by public health

Rare diseases

Study of rare diseases, particularly neuromuscular and metabolic diseases.

It is not covered by public health