2017 Annual Meeting

SC05-The Nerve Of Some Nerve Sheath Tumors! A Practical Approach To Common Problems In Surgical Pathology

March 9 2017, 8:00am to 11:30am


SC05-The Nerve Of Some Nerve Sheath Tumors! A Practical Approach To Common Problems In Surgical Pathology

Session Credits: 3 CME and 3 SAMs

Faculty: Caterina Giannini MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN; Fausto J. Rodriguez MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Arie Perry MD, University of California San Francisco, CA; and Andrew Folpe MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Peripheral nerve sheath tumors are frequently encountered in pathology practice and sometimes engender vexing differential diagnoses with widely varying clinical implications. This course addresses important diagnostic challenges, including those commonly encountered by the practicing surgical pathologist and provides practical algorithms for diagnostic resolution. Representative cases will be provided as an introduction to key diagnostic problems in the evaluation of peripheral nerve tumors. Emphasis will be on key diagnostic features, differential diagnoses and ancillary testing. Sufficient time will be provided for questions and for interactions with the audience. Multiple choice questions of key points will be presented using an audience response system (ARS) distributed at the beginning of the course. The target audience for this course is general pathologists who are likely to encounter peripheral nerve sheath tumors in their practice. Pathologists in training (residents and fellows) and pathologists with specialty training in soft tissue pathology, neuropathology, and GI pathology will also benefit from the course. Virtual slides and cases histories will be provided in advance on the USCAP website for preview by the audience. A syllabus with course content will be available online prior to the meeting. The overall goal of this course is to provide practical approaches for the evaluation of nerve sheath tumors in daily pathology practice, focusing on important, recurring diagnostic problems.

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

  1. Identify the basic components of peripheral nerve and how they are related to the various neoplastic and pseudoneoplastic proliferations arising in nerve
  2. Recognize the different variants of benign and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors
  3. Recognize the basic clinical features of inherited tumor syndromes of nerves relevant to the pathology report
  4. Recognize soft tissue mimics of peripheral nerve tumors and the appropriate diagnostic workup, including application of ancillary testing.


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