Short Courses and Special Courses

SC55 - Lymph Node Pathology: A Practical Approach to Solving Difficult Diagnostic Dilemmas

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This Short Course session includes up to a half-hour break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


Sarah E. Gibson MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
James R. Cook MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Course Description

Lymph node biopsies performed to “rule out lymphoma” frequently present diagnostic challenges for the surgical pathologist. This is a practically oriented course intended for community pathologists who sign out diagnostic lymph node biopsies, as well as residents and hematopathology fellows in training. Emphasis is placed on the use of routine H&E morphology to generate a differential diagnosis and the interpretation of appropriately selected ancillary techniques to reach a final diagnosis.

The course will consist of a series of case presentations selected to illustrate a range of lymphoproliferative disorders. Topics to be covered include reactive-appearing lymph nodes harboring diagnostic pitfalls, small B-cell neoplasms with challenging differential diagnoses, and aggressive B-cell and T-cell lymphomas. Where appropriate, recently updated WHO diagnostic criteria and newly available ancillary techniques will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Ensure appropriate handling of fresh lymph node specimens in the gross room to facilitate diagnosis.
  • Identify changes in diagnostic criteria in the updated WHO classification for selected lymphomas.
  • Employ an appropriate immunohistochemistry panel for the evaluation of suspected lymphomas.


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). Physicians 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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