2016 Annual Meeting

SC55-A Practical Approach to Infectious Disease Pathology

Room CC 607, March 16 2016, 8:00am to 12:00pm


SC55-A Practical Approach to Infectious Disease Pathology

Session Credits: 3 CME and 3 SAMs

Faculty: Bobbi S. Pritt, M.D., M.Sc., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and Laura Lamps, MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Accurate and timely diagnosis of infectious entities in tissue and cytologic preparations requires recognition of characteristic morphologic features, formulation of an appropriate differential diagnosis, and interpretation of ancillary stains and studies. This course will provide a practical approach to diagnosis of common infectious entities encountered in routine clinical practice, with an emphasis on tools and algorithms for identification and tips for overcoming diagnostic pitfalls. The course will be constructed as a series of interactive case presentations that will allow for discussion of common infectious entities in tissue, including yeasts, molds, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Each case presentation will include a discussion of clinical correlates, implications for therapy, reporting issues and useful ancillary microbiology and molecular tests. Materials for each case, including a clinical history, virtual slides and still images will be posted on the USCAP website for review prior to the meeting. All course registrants will also receive a syllabus with helpful tables and algorithms online prior to the meeting.

The course is designed for general pathologists and residents, as well as specialists in all organ systems that are interested in the tissue diagnosis of pathogenic microorganisms.

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Use an algorithmic approach to identify common infectious entities and their morphologic mimickers across multiple organ systems
  • Develop an appropriate differential diagnosis based on morphologic features, clinical presentation, exposure history, and corresponding microbiology results;
  • Select and interpret appropriate special stains and ancillary tests to facilitate or support the morphologic diagnosis.


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