Format of diagnostic report

Author: Rugvedita Parakh, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 21 March 2016, last major update February 2013

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Definition / General
Recommendations for Diagnostic Format and Categories for Urinary Cytology Specimens Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology Practice Guidelines Task Force

I. Adequacy Statement (Optional)
  • Satisfactory for evaluation
  • List any quality factors affecting specimen
  • Unsatisfactory for evaluation (give reason)

II. General Categorization
  • Negative for epithelial cell abnormality (see Descriptive Diagnoses)
  • Epithelial cell abnormality present (see Descriptive diagnosis)

III. Descriptive Diagnosis
  • Negative for epithelial cell abnormality
  • Infectious agents
  • Bacterial organisms
  • Fungal organisms
  • Viral changes (CMV, herpes, adenovirus, polyomavirus)
  • Nonspecific inflammatory changes
  • Acute inflammation
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Changes consistent with xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis
  • Cellular changes associated with:
    Chemotherapeutic agents
  • Epithelial Cell Abnormalities
    Atypical urothelial cells (*see comment)
    Low-grade urothelial carcinoma
    High-grade urothelial carcinoma (invasive carcinoma vs. carcinoma in situ)
    Squamous cell carcinoma
    Other malignant neoplasms (specify type)

IV. Other
  • An optional comment section should be used to list additional findings or further clarification of findings
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