What the Surgeon Can Expect from the Pathologist and Vice Versa

  • Yara BanzEmail author
  • Vera Genitsch


Patients requiring aortic surgery usually represent a group of individuals with complex pathologies often necessitating challenging interventions and care in a tertiary medical center. This calls for both surgeons and pathologists alike to work together as a team of highly specialized experts. It is the surgeon’s job to ensure that all aortic specimens are adequately fixed and sent for routine histopathological work up in a timely manner and with appropriate clinical information. It is the pathologist’s job to process and store the samples according to (inter-)national guidelines and provide a standardized report with as concise a diagnosis as possible. Turnaround times and cost-effectiveness should also be taken into the equation to enable rapid subsequent treatment beyond surgery, where needed, and to lower the threshold for sample processing.


Specimen Molecular Diagnosis Handling Reporting Pathology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PathologyUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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