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TNM and mesorectal excisions
  1. Norman J Carr
  1. Correspondence to Dr Norman J Carr, University of Southampton, Department of Cellular Pathology, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK; n.j.carr{at}

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The article by Swamy1 highlights the importance of the non-peritonealised resection margin (NRM) in mesorectal excision specimens for carcinoma. If the NRM is involved by tumour, local recurrence is more likely, and the prognosis is poor.

The article states that tumour extending to the NRM is classified as pT4, which …

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