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NEW  AP118  Frozen Section Pathology of Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands: An Interactive Approach Between a Surgeon and a Pathologist

Wednesday, October 16
8:00–10:00 AM

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Surgeons often request frozen section interpretation of thyroid and parathyroid specimens. Due to freezing of artifacts, time limitations, and the irreversible consequences to the patient, this practice is one of the most challenging diagnostic problems for pathologists. Faculty will present cases selected from daily practice to illustrate an integrated, algorithmic, and surgeon-pathologist interaction approach. The presentation starts with clinical scenarios and a surgeon’s perspective that an accurate intraoperative consultation is critical for his/her immediate surgical decision-making. Diagnostic pitfalls and pearls will be discussed by demonstrating overlapping and distinct morphologic features. Under certain circumstances, deferring to permanent section might serve the patient better and, occasionally, frozen section should not be attempted. An insightful surgeon-pathologist communication helps provide optimal patient care.

You will learn to:

John D. Casler, MD, FCAP
Q. Jim Zhai, MD, FCAP





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