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Call for a European programme in external quality assurance for bone marrow immunohistochemistry; report of a European Bone Marrow Working Group pilot study
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    • Emina A Torlakovic, MD PhD
    • Other Contributors:
      • Kikkeri Naresh, Marcus Kremer, Jon van der Walt, Elizabeth Hyjek, Anna Porwit,

    Dear Editor,

    We fully support the integrated approach to hematopathological diagnostics, which has been advanced by the WHO 2008 classification and we acknowledge the prominent role of immunophenotyping in this classification (1). The integrated approach is still not fully applied even in the most advanced countries. In some other countries, (hemato)pathologists still struggle, having only bone marrow (BM) tissue...

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    External QA for bone marrow biopsies. Why is there such a need?

    Dear Editor

    The authors use sweeping generalizations to make their case. This is just one example: "while the role of external quality assurance programs is well established as a valuable tool for QA/QC in diagnostic immunohistochemistry in surgical pathology, such approaches are notably lacking in bone marrow biopsy pathology". However, in reality, no published data support a need for an external QA/QC program fo...

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