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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. We start this feature with Histopathology (diagnostic surgical pathology) highlights.


Heatley MK. Dissection and reporting of the organs of the female genital tract. J Clin Pathol 2008;61:241–57.

A detailed and thorough exposé on the grossing and reporting of female genital tract cases and part of the ACP Best Practice series. Well-illustrated with both colour photographs and line drawings that assist the reader. Worth adopting many if not all of these guidelines into routine practice.

Schmitt FC, Longatto-Filho A, Valent A, et al. Molecular techniques in cytopathology practice. J Clin Pathol 2008;61:258–67.

Part of the Demystified series, this review highlights the use of molecular techniques including HPV detection in gynaecological cytology, lymphoma diagnosis in effusions, FISH in urine specimens and fine needle aspiration specimens.

Browning L, Bailey D, Parker A. D2-40 is a sensitive and specific marker in differentiating primary adrenal cortical tumours from both metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma and phaeochromocytoma. J Clin Pathol 2008;61:293–6.

D240 is useful to distinguish adrenal cortical tumours (+ve) from renal cell carcinoma (−ve) and phaeochromocytoma (−ve).

Agaimy A, Wünsch PH, Schroeder J, et al. …

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