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Histopathology audit of chronic gastritis in India: need for objectivity and training
  1. N Patkar1,
  2. H Mani2,
  3. R Moitra3,
  4. V S Nijhawan4,
  5. V Srinivas5,
  6. S D Duhan6,
  7. S K Nema7
  1. 1Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  3. 3Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  4. 4Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  5. 5Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  6. 6Department of Gastroenterology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  7. 7Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Haresh Mani
 Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Solapur Road, Pune 411040, Maharashtra, India; hmani{at}lycos.com

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In India general surgical pathologists report on all tissue types, and subspecialty training is an exception. We undertook an internal audit of gastric biopsy reporting in a large teaching hospital to assess need for subspecialty training.

In a first phase, 228 consecutive gastric biopsies (two antral + one body bits in each) undertaken in our institution over six months were objectively evaluated by three experienced histopathologists, based on the updated Sydney classification.1 The three histopathologists were “trained” over four to five sessions at a multihead microscope, each session lasting 20 to 30 minutes (less than two hours cumulative time). Thereafter each …

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