European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 249–252 | Cite as

Clinical description of skin lesions in pathology requisition forms completed by plastic surgeons is lacking: a retrospective study of 499 lesions

  • Yarden Zohar
  • Rony Shreberk-Hassidim
  • Jhonatan Elia
  • Anna Elia
  • Alexander Maly
  • Alexander Margolis
  • Ayal Hassidim
Short Communication

Clinical description of biopsied skin lesions provided on pathology requisition forms (PRFs) has a pivotal role in the pathological examination [1, 2]. However, the literature on which clinical characteristics should be included in the PRFs is sparse.

It was previously suggested that the clinical information provided in the PRF will comprise demographic details, morphology, diameter and duration of the lesion, co-morbidities, and differential diagnoses [3, 4]. The ABCDE (asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving) acronym was suggested for melanoma screening [5, 6]. Important clinical data regarding non-melanocytic skin cancer (NMSC) usually consist of characteristics for which we used the acronym BIGLST (size, location, growth rate, bleeding, medical history of immunosuppression, and previous irradiation or liquid nitrogen treatment) [7, 8].

Even though the communication between the clinician and pathologist is of great importance, unfortunately, few studies demonstrate that the...


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Yarden Zohar, Rony Shreberk-Hassidim, Jhonatan Elia, Anna Elia, Alexander Maly, Alexander Margolis and Ayal Hassidim declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Research involving human participants and/or animals

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Hadassah—Hebrew University Medical Center institutional review board and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any study with animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yarden Zohar
    • 1
  • Rony Shreberk-Hassidim
    • 2
  • Jhonatan Elia
    • 3
  • Anna Elia
    • 4
  • Alexander Maly
    • 4
  • Alexander Margolis
    • 3
  • Ayal Hassidim
    • 3
  1. 1.Military Medicine Track IDF Medical CorpsHebrew University Faculty of MedicineJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyHadassah-Hebrew University Medical CenterJerusalemIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Plastic SurgeryHadassah-Hebrew University Medical CenterJerusalemIsrael
  4. 4.Department of PathologyHadassah-Hebrew University Medical CenterJerusalemIsrael

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