Release Date: Apr 2018
CC: PC, MK, PBL, ICS, SBP
Leslie G. Dodd, MD
Surgical Pathologist, Cytopathologist, and Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Lesions of soft tissue and bone are often considered difficult by pathologists because of their relative rarity and extensive diversity of subtypes. Mesenchymal lesions are also associated with a range of different prognoses and patient treatment options, ranging from a “do nothing” approach to major surgery and adjuvant chemo or radiation therapies. With sarcoma, the stakes are high and the biopsy is often small. For various reasons, small core biopsies and fine needle aspiration (FNA) have become the preferred methods of establishing a diagnosis prior to definitive treatment. This presentation will provide an introduction to how best to diagnose mesenchymal tumors of soft tissue and bone on core biopsy, touch preps, and FNAs. In addition to morphologic features of selected examples, there will be a discussion on how to incorporate available resources (clinical information and imaging findings) as well as ancillary tests (immunohistochemical, cytogenetic, and molecular tests) to facilitate an accurate and precise diagnosis. This webcast will also address some of the limitations of small biopsy diagnosis.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the cytologic features of selected bone and soft tissue entities, including how to differentiate morphologically similar neoplasms.
- Integrate morphology, ancillary testing, and radiographic information in arriving at a correct diagnosis.
- Identify the limitations of small biopsy techniques for diagnosis of mesenchymal neoplasms.
Who should attend? Practicing Pathologists, Residents, Pathologists’ Assistants, Cytotechnologists