Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service - VA Northern California Health Care System
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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service

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The Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service (PLMS) encompasses a multitude of specialties and provides continuous Veteran-centered care for a variety of medical ailments. This care includes, but is not limited to, assessment, diagnosis, and follow-up evaluations as indicated. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (PLMS) provides complete diagnostic and therapeutic services encompasses a multitude of specialties which include:

  • Diagnostic histopathology and cytopathology services
  • Tumor diagnosis
  • Cancer conference with pathology case presentation
  • Hematology service includes bone marrow and lymph node biopsy interpretation.
  • Autopsy services are provided.
  • Blood Transfusion Services
  • Biochemical and therapeutic drug tests
  • General and special hematologic tests
  • General and special chemistry tests
  • Coagulation testing
  • Urine testing
  • Aerobic and anaerobic microbiology, mycobacteriology and mycology testing
  • Toxicology services are limited to drugs of abuse urine screening
  • Point-of-Care Testing oversight by the laboratory on testing that is performed remotely from the laboratory setting
Mechanisms for Accessing Services
Typically, most services are accessed through a consult from your Primary Care Provider or Attending Physician.


Contact Info


  • Sacramento VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-382-VETS
  • 916-366-5373

Hours of Operation

  • Mon - Fri 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.