A transmission sheet useable for slide transmission is now available. As soon as you have new cases for the blog, please select and copy the image below and paste it in a Word file (or print it directly by using the print tool), fill it in and send it together with the slides packed in a solid envelope.
It is important to remind that to be of practical use for clinicians and pathologists, the "final diagnosis" has to be ascertained by histology and/or by imaging techniques and follow-up. It is therefore necessary to make an unequivocal and argued description of the presence or absence of tumour cells. The diagnostic criteria have to be described with great care. For the record, please have a look on the Spriggs and Boddington's book (1989) in which only six series published between 1964 and 1985 were considered as having relevant data. As stated by the authors "if histological confirmation is required, then most benign cases will be exluded from the tables". It is for that reason that "to maintain and improve efficiency, there is no substitute for follow-up of all cases, whether or not malignancy is in question".
Thank you for collaboration. Don't hesitate to provide new cases.
The E-sc@n team
Ref. Spriggs AI, Boddington MM. Atlas of serous fluid cytopathology. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London, 1989, pp.123-124