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Snippets in surgical pathology
  1. Kumarasen Cooper, ,
  2. Runjan Chetty,

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    This section will feature synopses of pertinent practical publications that appear in Pathology journals in the respective sub-specialties. The summaries are mere guidelines and personal opinions of the two authors. The articles selected are diverse but occasionally reflect the authors’ bias and are from the more widely read pathology journals. It is not intended to be an assiduous search of every publication in every Pathology journal, but more of a general indication of some of the monthly highlights through the eyes of the authors.

    Hopefully, these snippets will provide the reader with enough to glean some facts and tips, as well as encourage them to read the entire article if necessary.


    Miller K, McCluggage WG. Prognostic factors in ovarian adult granulosa cell tumour. J Clin Pathol 2008;61:881–4.

    Leuverink EM, Brennan BA, Crook ML, et al. Prognostic value of mitotic counts and Ki-67 immunoreactivity in adult-type granulosa cell tumour. J Clin Pathol 2008;61:914–9.

    Neither mitoses/Ki-67 index nor morphological pattern, age, size, etc can predict the prognosis of granulosa cell tumours (GCT). Stage I (unruptured tumours) is still the best indicator of good prognosis, although all GCT should be followed up for long periods (10–20 years). The juvenile GCT carries an excellent prognosis, while the adult GCT should be regarded as LG malignant potential. Stage II–IV should receive adjuvant therapy.

    Cook MG, Di Palma S. Pathology of sentinel lymph nodes for melanoma. J Clin Pathol 2008;61:897–902.

    A good overview of sentinel lymph nodes with an emphasis on melanoma. A comprehensive review is provided for those already doing this and for those who may embark on this procedure.

    Carder PJ, Khan T, Burrows P, et al. Large volume “mammotome” biopsy may reduce the need for diagnostic surgery in papillary lesions of the breast. J Clin …

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