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PubMed Search: histologic sampling lung tumors

Deepali Jain, M.D.
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Cite this page: Jain D. Grossing. website. Accessed January 24th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • 1 section per cm of tumor diameter, representative of grossly distinct areas
  • Margins (bronchial, pulmonary artery / vein, visceral pleura, other surgical margins)
  • Tumor and adjacent lung
  • Tumor and bronchial wall
  • Tumor and pleura
  • Bronchial mucosa proximal to tumor
Frozen section
  • May be difficult to distinguish:
  • Touch preparation cytology recommended to supplement frozen section findings (J Clin Pathol 2010;63:675)
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