2017 Annual Meeting

SC31-Doing More with Less: A Cytology-Histology Correlation of Pulmonary Masses

March 8 2017, 1:30pm to 5:30pm


SC31-Doing More with Less: A Cytology-Histology Correlation of Pulmonary Masses

Session Credits: 3 CME and 3 SAMs

Faculty: Jennifer Brainard, MD and Carol Farver, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Our consult and in house practice experience shows that when pulmonary surgical pathologists and cytopathologists work together, a more comprehensive final diagnosis is achieved. Further, this collaboration facilitates triage of progressively smaller samples for ancillary studies, including molecular testing. The need to generate more meaningful and accurate reports with smaller amounts of tissue requires expanding the communication and medical knowledge of both surgical and cytopathologists. We will use a case-based interactive approach to discuss cases from the time of sample acquisition and triage to final sign-out. The course is designed for pathology residents, fellows, and general pathologists as well as for practicing pathologists and cytopathologists with specific interest in pulmonary pathology.

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

  1. Discuss emerging minimally invasive technologies for biopsy and FNA which result in small samples submitted for pathologic diagnosis
  2. Review histologic and cytologic criteria for specific neoplastic and non-neoplastic pulmonary pathology samples where communication and collaboration between cyto- and surgical pathologists is essential using a case-based approach
  3. Discuss the role of on-site adequacy assessment at the time of sample collection
  4. Review diagnostic pitfalls associated with improperly collected samples
  5. Discuss specimen triage for ancillary testing (immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and molecular testing and recognize when such testing is indicated


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