In many cases, diseases become visible under the microscope that produce tiny, macroscopically invisible, changes at cellular and tissue level, which indicate early stages of illness. Routine vaginal smears are an example of early detection through microscopic examination. The submitting physician uses the pathological findings as the basis for therapeutic decisions. The pathologist is responsible for diagnostic and assessment tasks.

The Institute is a diagnostic facility and an integral part of the regional Breast Centre Eastern Saxony. We supply several hospitals in the region and also have our own autopsy room.

  • Histological examinations of tissue (puncture, punching, biopsy, resection and operation material of all kinds) , including tissue examinations from perinatology (abruptio, abortion, placenta etc.), the examination of hard tissue (bones, teeth) and sequestered tissue material
  • Cytological examinations of fluids or smear specimens (b oth gynaecological cytology, including preventative cytology), as well as the entire spectrum of extra-gynaecological cytology (fine-needle aspiration specimens, smears and swabs, imprint specimens, effusions, secretions, cyst and irrigation fluids, urine, liquor, sputum, etc.), and native examinations of vaginal secretion for the determination of vaginal flora)
  • Performance of autopsy in cases of natural death, irrespective of the location of death
  • Performance of the second viewing, i.e. release for burial at the crematorium
  • Organisation of viewing, farewells in cases of death at Klinikum Görlitz during working hours
  • Burial or cremation of embryonic and foetal abortion materials and foetuses for which a death certificate is not obligatory (< 500 g)
  • Implementation of demonstration autopsies for physicians and mid-level medical personnel
  • Support of clinical interns during their MTA qualification
  • Preparation of reports for employers' accident insurance associations, other bodies responsible for accident insurance, i.e. insurance firms and the public prosecutor where necessary
  • Preparation of statistics (autopsy statistics etc.) and processing of medical, i.e. oncological issues, on behalf of the tumour centre or the breast centres
  • Immuno-histochemistry (cell and tissue differentiation, i.e. typing – especially of tumours – by means of antibody techniques; determination of hormone receptors; determination of the growth, i.e. proliferation kinetics of tumours; determination of the HER-2 new status; validation of the EGF receptor (HER-1) and possibly individual onco-proteins; GN diagnostics, clarification of 'bullous' dermatoses, collagenoses and vasculitis, as well as special pathogen determination by means of fluorescence technology; clarification of myopathies using histochemical examinations, etc.)
  • Immuno-cytochemical validation of isolated tumour cells in the bone marrow (IDT)
  • Validation of chlamydia and legionella in smears or serum by means of antibodies in fluorescence technology
  • Hard cut techniques with plastic embedding for highly specialised haematological, oncological and also osteological issues
  • Serological determination of auto-antibodies in tissue materials