Virchows Archiv

, Volume 445, Issue 2, pp 103–110

Handling and pathology reporting of specimens with carcinoma of the urinary bladder, ureter, and renal pelvis. A joint proposal of the European Society of Uropathology and the Uropathology Working Group

  • Antonio Lopez-Beltran
  • Pier Francesco Bassi
  • Michele Pavone-Macaluso
  • Rodolfo Montironi
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00428-004-1039-8

Cite this article as:
Lopez-Beltran, A., Bassi, P.F., Pavone-Macaluso, M. et al. Virchows Arch (2004) 445: 103. doi:10.1007/s00428-004-1039-8


Pathologists play a pivotal role in the diagnosis and in the report of the pathological features related to prognosis. To meet these endpoints, the following issues must be addressed: adequate information about the patient history, proper handling of the specimens, identification of the reliable histopathological techniques necessary to reach the more detailed diagnostic information and evaluation of the prognostic variables, and standardized pathological reporting. In this review we discuss a proposal for standardization of sampling and reporting of the urothelial tissues achieved within uropathology. The urologists have a great role in assisting pathologists in the proper examination by providing them with clinical information.


BladderUreterPelvisNeoplasmsTransitional cellSquamous carcinomaAdenocarcinomaPathology reportSamplingStandardization

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Lopez-Beltran
    • 1
  • Pier Francesco Bassi
    • 2
  • Michele Pavone-Macaluso
    • 3
  • Rodolfo Montironi
    • 4
  1. 1.Unit of Anatomic PathologyFaculty of MedicineCordobaSpain
  2. 2.Department of UrologyUniversity of Padova Medical SchoolPadovaItaly
  3. 3.Clinica UrologicaUniversitá di PalermoPalermoItaly
  4. 4.Institute of Pathological AnatomyPolytechnic University of the Marche Region (Ancona)AnconaItaly