Histopathology, the study of tissues affected by disease, can be very useful in making a diagnosis and in determining the severity and progression of a disease. Understanding the normal structure and function of different tissues is essential for interpreting the changes that occur during disease. This course introduces the basic principles that apply to the preparation of microscope sections. It also shows how to identify a number of human tissues and interpret the changes that occur in disease.

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define all the terms given in bold
  • outline key features of a number of pathological processes
  • relate the histological appearance of affected tissues to the underlying pathology
  • recognise the histological appearance of a number of pathological tissues
  • understand how sections can be photographed, presented and reported.

Course Curriculum

1. Pathological processes - inflammation and infection
Pathological processes – inflammation and infection 01:30:00
Acute inflammation 01:30:00
Autoimmunity 01:30:00
Hypersensitivity 00:30:00
Scarring and fibrosis 01:30:00
Wound healing, angiogenesis and tissue regeneration 01:30:00
2. Pathological processes - neoplasia
Hyperplasia, dysplasia and neoplasia 01:30:00
Metastasis 01:30:00
3. Pathological processes - cell death
Apoptosis and necrosis 01:30:00
Thrombosis and embolism 01:30:00
Degenerative diseases and storage disorders 01:30:00
4. Photography and reporting
Image acquisition 01:30:00
Acknowledgements – Histopathology 00:20:00
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