You’ve probably been hearing and reading more about small fiber neuropathy. Doctors can now make the diagnosis in their office, by doing a 3 mm skin punch biopsy and sending the specimen to Therapath for determination of epidermal nerve fiber density. The procedure takes only 5 to 10 minutes to perform, there is little discomfort to the patient, and the biopsy site is covered by a band aid. The test is most useful in patients with symptoms or signs of neuropathy, who’s electrodiagnostic studies don’t show any abnormalities, as is the case in small fiber neuropathy.
Therapath is a company that offers expert, comprehensive and prompt neuropathology services, specifically muscle, nerve, epidermal nerve fiber, sweat gland nerve fiber and brain, tissue analysis (or studies) to hospitals, private practitioners, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical industry, and researchers throughout the United States and Canada (abroad).
The company is accredited by the American College of Pathology (CAP) and has an established reputation of offering quality specialized neuropathology services that most major teaching institutions are cutting back on, rather than growing into. Our medical directors are board certified in neuropathology.
Neuropathology and Neuromuscular Pathology services are available for both clinical and pre-clinical investigations of potential therapeutic agents, drug toxicity, and of nerve or muscle regeneration. The company has the ability to scale up from proof of concept studies to multiple centers Phase II/III trials.
The specific tests Therapath performs are:
1. Muscle biopsy studies: including routine histology, immunohistochemistry and enzyme histology, for diagnosis of muscular dystrophies, inflammatory myopathies such as dermatomyositis or Polymyositis, or other metabolic, toxic, or inherited muscle diseases and Electron Microscopy.
2. Nerve biopsy studies: including routine histology, teased fiber analysis, and immunohistochemistry for diagnosis of CIDP, vasculitic, demyelinating neuropathies, sarcoid or amyloid neuropathy and Electron Microscopy.
3. Skin biopsy studies for Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density and Sweat Gland Nerve Fiber Analysis.
• Brain and spinal cord tumor biopsy and resection specimens
• Non-neoplastic brain and spinal cord biopsy specimens
• Brain and spinal cord autopsy specimens, including dementias
• Licensed under CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments)
• The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In total, CLIA covers approximately 225,000 laboratory entities.
• The CAP (College of American Pathologists) Laboratory Accreditation Program is an internationally recognized program. An accredited laboratory is one that is inspected by a private not-for-profit t accrediting organization and the laboratory has met the highest standards of excellence.
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