, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 215-220

Adequacy of Pathology Reports of Specimens from Patients with Differentiated Thyroid Cancer

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the adequacy of pathology reports of specimens from patients with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) operated in our institution. Retrospective analysis of the pathology reports of all patients diagnosed with DTC in our area, from 1 January 2006 through 30 June 2011, was done. Sixty-eight patients were diagnosed with DTC. All reports were descriptive. In all the reports, but one, one or more core data items (according to the Royal College of Pathologists) were missing. Information about 1 and 2 items was lacking in 7.4 and 42.6 % of the reports, respectively. The rest were missing three or more data. Lymphovascular invasion, histology subtype, and completeness of excision were, in this order, the three most frequently omitted data. Sometimes, the information in question was not explicitly expressed but could be extrapolated from the data available. The pathology reports of DTC specimens frequently miss some of the information considered necessary to provide a comprehensive patient care.