Short Courses and Special Courses

SC05 - The Nerve of Some Nerve Sheath Tumors! A Practical Approach to Common Problems in Surgical Pathology

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
This Short Course session includes up to a one-hour break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


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

Course Description

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. 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

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


Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Registrants must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 3 SAM credit hours.


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