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Grossing topic template

Revised: 5 August 2020
Copyright: 2020, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.

Example of well written Grossing topic: Kidney tumor

For ease of use, we put topic headings in the same order. Please put some text under each heading, but do not include obvious or repetitive information. If you think there is nothing to add, please write "not relevant to this topic", "repetitive with __ heading" or "unknown at this time." Do not delete any topic headings.


Author 1

Author name with degrees: ___________________________________________

Author rank (M.D. candidate / Resident / Fellow / Instructor / Assistant, Associate or Full Professor): ___________________________________________

Author leadership roles (maximum of 2) (ex: Director of Surgical Pathology, Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology, Director of Cytopathology): ___________________________________________

Author institution name: ___________________________________________

Author institution city, state, zip code and country: ___________________________________________

Author email address: ___________________________________________


Author 2

Author name with degrees: ___________________________________________

Author rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor): ___________________________________________

Author leadership roles (maximum of 2) (ex: Director of Surgical Pathology, Vice Chair of Anatomic Pathology, Director of Cytopathology): ___________________________________________

Author institution name: ___________________________________________

Author institution city, state, zip code and country: ___________________________________________

Author email address: ___________________________________________



Chapter name: ___________________________________________

Section and subsection (in the Table of Contents): General

Topic name: Grossing



Definition / general
List relevant procedures that generate the specimens covered by this topic. List and describe any necessary clinical history for optimal dissection. Example: number, type and location of biopsy clips in a mastectomy specimen.

  • This topic describes how to gross specimens obtained from > procedures
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Procedure
Provide a step by step outline of the gross prosection. Save sampling guidelines for Sections to obtain. Any additional notes can be provided in Tips.

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Sections to obtain
Provide a bulleted, brief, easy to read list of necessary tissue sections and blocks to submit. Include number of blocks for each bullet. Example: "Tumor: representatively submit tumor for a total of 1 block per 1 cm of largest tumor dimension up to a maximum of 15 blocks."

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Tips
Include any useful tips that would help pathologists with grossing (beyond the general procedure).

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Gross description
List the most important lesions encountered and provide a gross description of each. We will link these to the corresponding PathOut topic. Begin each bullet with the lesion. Example: "Oncocytoma: well circumscribed, unencapsulated, mahogany brown, can have a central scar."

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Gross images
Images of the excised specimen. For images you submit, provide a brief 1 - 4 word caption to appear below the thumbnail of the image and a longer figure legend to appear when the image is opened. If you do not have your own images, provide links to journal images with a brief 1 - 4 word caption.


Sample gross description report
Provide a sample gross template including cassette summary.

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Diagrams / tables
Provide a brief 1 - 4 word caption for all diagrams / tables and a detailed figure legend if this is your own diagram / table.


Videos
Links to YouTube or other sites or create your own (preferably 5 minutes or less). Provide a caption for each video. Dr. Gardner has many skin and soft tissue videos on his YouTube page.


Additional references
General references for this topic not included above.

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Board Review Question
Prepare 1 board review style question from this topic. These are not actual questions from the Pathology boards but review questions written in a similar format. The questions should test basic, essential diagnostic concepts that all pathologists should know rather than minor details. All information relevant to correct and incorrect answers should be found in the topic. The question must contain an image of the entity followed by a multiple choice question, such as "Which of the following is an area that must be sampled in a nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma?" The image can be reused from the topic. Do not use the format "Which of the following is false?" Questions should have only one answer. Do not use responses "all of the above", "none of the above", "A and C", etc. This question will be part of our Board Review page so the reader will not know the topic with which it is associated. Therefore you must make the organ and diagnosis clear in the question and the answer. Click here for examples.


Board Review Answer
Answers to the Question above, sorted alphabetically by the first letter in the answer.