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Gynecologic Pathology: Navigating Histologic Mimics and Other Diagnostic Pitfalls

Original release date:
November 22, 2021
Access to this course expires on:  October 16, 2024 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
CME 17.75

Course Description
Specimens from gynecologic organs constitute a significant component of most surgical pathology practices, which necessitates that practicing pathologists remain updated on advances in this dynamic, constantly evolving field. The diagnosis of gynecologic tract diseases can be challenging, and fraught with potential pitfalls that may have clinically significant consequences. Classical diagnostic issues in gynecologic pathology have revolved around the potential for non-neoplastic diseases, benign neoplasms, and malignancies to mimic each other, and for different histotypes of malignancies to display morphologic and/or immunophenotypic overlap. Within this context, pathologists must remain updated on newer approaches to disease classification, disease staging, and tumor grading. In this interactive microscopy course, the faculty will present cases wherein one lesion may potentially be mistaken for another due to varying degrees of morphologic and/or immunophenotypic overlap between them, or in which a cancer may be misclassified regarding grade, stage or primary site for a variety of reasons. The diverse case-mix will include those derived from both routine and consultation practices, reflecting the broad spectrum of gynecologic pathology. The presentation of cases will be clinically oriented, with an emphasis on day-to-day practical issues, and on accurately classifying each case within the context of a lesion-specific differential diagnosis.

Target Audience
Practicing academic and community pathologists, and pathologists-in-training

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Identify tumor appearances that may result in errors in tumor typing, staging and grading
  • Evaluate diagnostic criteria and clinical significance of various common and uncommon neoplasms of the gynecologic tract
  • Recognize the utility and pitfalls associated with the use of immunohistochemistry to resolve some diagnostic issues

Continuing Medical Education
The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to USCAP and to learners any financial relationships that have occurred within the last 24 months with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. USCAP has reviewed the disclosures and mitigated all relevant financial relationships.

The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationships: Oluwole Fadare, MD, Teri Longacre, MD, Carlos Parra-Herran, MD, Vinita Parkash, MBBS, Wenxin Zheng, MD

The following planners and reviewers for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships: Oluwole Fadare, MD, Kristin Jensen, MD

USCAP staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.

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