Jeffrey D. Goldsmith MD , Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, and Robert M. Najarian MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
While the pathologic features of inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in adults and children are generally similar, there are important differences in the histologic appearance, differential diagnoses, and clinical presentation that may present diagnostic challenges. This purpose of this course is to provide an in depth review of several inflammatory diseases of the GI tract that show variability between the adult and pediatric populations. While the chief emphasis will be on the pathologic features, relevant clinical characteristics will also be covered.
The course will be principally based on case presentations that will be distributed to participants as virtual slides prior to the course. Diseases to be covered will include idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic diseases of the esophagus (GERD / allergic/eosinophilic esophagitis), celiac disease, and diarrheal illness.
This course is designed for practicing pathologists and trainees involved in the interpretation of both adult and pediatric gastrointestinal biopsies. Pre-registrants will have the opportunity to review virtual slides and still images with clinical histories prior to the course on the USCAP website. All participants will receive a CD with representative still images of the cases, a course syllabus, reference list, and paper copies of the presentation slides. The syllabus will include a description of relevant diagnostic features, a discussion of the differential diagnosis, and a comprehensive reference list.
After completion of the course, participants will be able to: 1) accurately diagnose inflammatory diseases of the GI tract in both the adult and pediatric population; 2) understand the histologic differences between adult and pediatric GI disease that can impact accurate diagnosis; and 3) gain familiarity with the variable clinical presentations of these diseases in the adult and pediatric populations.
(New Course) This course may be used for CME credits or SAM's credits.
This course is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Harvey Goldman, who was to have been one of the faculty.