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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-In-Chief: Charmaine Patel, M.D. [2]

Introduction to the Pathophysiology Page

  • The page name should be "(Disease name) pathophysiology", with only the first letter of the title capitalized.
  • Goal: to explain the biological mechanisms underlying the disease state. To provide a description of the pathophysiology at a cellular and molecular level, the pathophysiology at a gross and functional level, and the causative factor in the disease process. The page can also include a description of the genetic abnormalities, embryological and developmental abnormalities, pathogenesis, and pathology images.
  • As with all microchapter pages linking to the main page, at the top of the edit box put {{CMG}}, your name template, and the microchapter navigation template you created at the beginning.
  • Remember to follow the same format and capitalization of letters as outlined in the template below.
  • You should include the name of the disease in the first sentence of every subsection.
  • Remember to create links within Wikidoc by placing [[square brackets]] around key words which you want to link to other pages. Make sure you makes your links as specific as possible. For example if a sentence contained the phrase anterior spinal artery syndrome, the link should be to anterior spinal artery syndrome not anterior or artery or syndrome. For more information on how to create links click here.


  • The overview section should include the disease name in the first sentence.
  • The goal is to summarize the pathophysiology page in several sentences. This section can be the same as the pathophysiology segment on the overview page.
  • To see an example of an overview section on a symptoms page, click here.


  • Pathogenesis is the mechanism by which a certain factor causes disease (pathos = disease, genesis = development). The term can also be used to describe the development of the disease, whether it is acute, chronic, or recurrent. It can also be used to describe whether the disease causes inflammation, malignancy,necrosis etc.
  • For an example of a pathogenesis section within a pathophysiology page, click here


  • Some diseases are genetic, and have particular inheritance patterns, and express different phenotypes.
  • The effect that genetics may have on the pathophysiology of a disease can be described in this section.

Associated Conditions

  • Conditions associated with the disease can be detailed in this section.
  • For an example of an associated conditions sub-section of pathophysiology, click here.

Gross Pathology

  • Gross pathology refers to macroscopic or larger scale manifestations of disease in organs, tissues and body cavities. The term is commonly used by pathologist to refer to diagnostically useful findings made during the gross examination portion of surgical specimen processing or an autopsy.
  • This section is a good place to include pictures. Search for copyleft images on The Pathology Wiki [3] and Ask Dr. Wiki [4].
  • For an example of this section, click here.

Microscopic Pathology

  • Microscopic pathology is the disease process as it occurs at the microscopic level.
  • This section is a good place to include pictures. Search for copyleft images on The Pathology Wiki [5] and Ask Dr. Wiki [6].
  • For an example of this section, click here.


  • References should be cited for the material that you have put on your page. Type in {{reflist|2}}.This will generate your references in small font, in two columns, with links to the original article and abstract.
  • For information on how to add references into your page, click here.