Harry H. Brown, M.D., Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
The accurate diagnosis of ophthalmic disorders is often difficult in the general surgical pathology practice due to the small numbers of specimens received and limited experience with the conditions unique to the ye and its adnexa. In addition, handling and processing of ocular tissues may be critical for producing optimal diagnostic material. This course is designed to address both the gross and microscopic aspects of ophthalmic pathology in order to aid the general surgical pathologist in approaching specimens from the eye and ocular adnexa with confidence. It is intended for residents and anatomic (primarily surgical) pathologists, partiocularly those without direct access to specialists in ophthalmic pathology.
By the use of twelve case presentations, a variety of specimen types, ranging from intraocular aspirations to orbital exenterations, will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on diagnostic considerations based on specimen type and disease prevalence, followed by discussion of the correct diagnosis and differential diagnostic possibilities (based on microscopic findings). At the end of this course, it is hoped that the attendees will be able to: 1) optimally handle all types of ocular specimens; 2) formulate appropriate differential diagnostic possibilities based on clinical history, specimen type, and gross examination results; and 3) render accurate clinicopathologic diagnoses by correlating the information above with the microscopic findings.
A limited number of loan sets of glass slides (of biopsies, excisions and whole eyes) with some kodachrome slides (of small biopsies and cytological specimens), with case histories, will be available for advance mailing. All registrants will receive a CD containing photographic illustrations and text after the meeting. A detailed syllabus will be distributed at the course.