Your child’s provider may refer your child for lab tests to help diagnose or determine the right treatment for certain conditions. These tests may involve taking blood or tissue samples.
At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, our pediatric pathologists are trained and experienced in getting these samples, analyzing them in our lab, and interpreting their results.
What Sets Children’s Apart?
The Pathology Department at Children’s is accredited by the College of American Pathologists:
- Our pathologists are the only pediatric pathologists in Nebraska.
- Our analyzing machines use small amounts of blood to complete tests.
- Our pediatric phlebotomists (blood draw specialists) are skilled at obtaining blood samples from infants and children.
A full spectrum of tests is available, including routine chemistry panels – blood tests to evaluate your child’s general health – and complete blood counts – blood tests to measure red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. As the only pediatric pathology provider in Nebraska, we offer diagnostic tests for:
Bone Marrow DisordersBone marrow tests examine the tissue and fluid in the bone marrow. A bone marrow examination is performed under anesthesia and requires taking a small piece of bone containing marrow from the hip bone through a hollow needle.
Gastrointestinal DiseasesIf your child’s physician suspects they have a gastrointestinal disease, blood, urine, and/or stool testing may be performed to determine a diagnosis.
Infectious DiseasesWhen an infectious disease is suspected, multiple tests may be necessary to determine your child’s exact diagnosis. Depending on the test being ordered, a pathologist may need a sample of blood, urine, or other fluid or tissue.
Leukemias And LymphomasIn addition to bone marrow tests, blood and lymph node cancers (leukemias and lymphomas) may require diagnostic tests such as:
- A lymph node biopsy (usually completed in an operating room) to find cancer cells in your child’s lymph nodes
- A lumbar puncture that involves carefully inserting a needle into the lower back to collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) – liquid found around the brain and spinal cord
- A urine test to measure the levels of chemicals, proteins, and blood cells in your child’s body
Pediatric TumorsA biopsy can determine if a tumor is cancerous (malignant). After a surgeon obtains a sample of tumor tissue, it will be sent to our lab for analysis. The doctor may also order blood tests, bone marrow tests, or lumbar puncture, depending on the type and location of the tumor.
What To Do Next
Your child’s primary care provider or specialist will need to send an order to pathology in order for us to perform the necessary tests.
Outpatient blood draws:
Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon
More information about locations for lab specimen drop-offs and blood draws can be found here.
For Referring Providers
The Physicians’ Priority Line is your 24-hour link to pediatric specialists at Children’s for referrals, emergency and urgent consults, physician-to-physician consults, admissions, and transport services. Call 855-850-KIDS (5437).
Learn more about referring patients.