What Your Cells Say About You: A Deep Dive Into Histopathology

How often have you thought of the cells in your body and what they say about your health?

We can assume that your answer will vary between not at all and only a few times. That is so because the importance of cells is often overlooked and people do not recognize that cells play a part in their general health. However, the truth is that the cells, despite being a very small unit in the body, form our tissues which collectively, form the organs necessary for survival and bodily functions.

The human body is composed of trillions of cells, of more than 30,000,000,000,000 that have different specialized parts. Every cell has a different function that they perform. The red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, the white blood cells kill foreign bodies, the heart cells contract in unison to pump blood, and nerve cells send chemical and electrical messages that produce thoughts and coordination. The cells also store our DNA, convert nutrients into energy, provide structure for the body, and contain the genetic information necessary for cell growth and reproduction.

Cells give necessary information about the body because they house the biological machinery that can signal triggers for any occurrence in the body. This is where the study of histopathology comes in.

What is Histopathology?

Histopathology is a field of science that is related to the study of tissues in the body. It is a standard way of assessing pathological change and determining the treatment of many diseases by conducting an assessment on surgically removed tissues.

Simply put, histopathology aids with detecting any change in your body tissues caused by diseases.

The Role of a Histopathologist

A histopathologist conducts the process by using a microscope in a

laboratory to know more about a disease, determine its severity, progression, and the origin of its cause through observation of the tissues.

This discipline is vital to the good health of human beings through the broadening and progressive treatment options it offers. It reduces the incidence of medical trial and error or wrong diagnosis.

Some illnesses that can be detected through Histopathology include:

  • Leprosy
  • Acute inflammation
  • Diabetes type 1
  • Rheumatism
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Fibrosis

Our cells help the practice of histopathology by providing knowledge into how the cells in a tissue are shaped. Diseases occur because normal tissues are harmed or do the wrong thing. Histopathology examines how tissues are abnormally shaped or how it abnormally functions.

In essence, cells are the building blocks of the body and contain enough information to determine the status of a person’s health. At Lily Hospitals, we have an experienced histopathology team to enhance the quality and accuracy of the prognosis. If you are a resident of Warri, you can visit our histopathology laboratory to run a test. You can also call 07047713630 or 07053351741 to schedule an appointment.

Kene Obika

 

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