Lessons we learn from hematopathology consultation in Taiwan

Chen Chan, Shih Wen Huang, Ih Jen Su, Kung Chao Chang

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The appropriate management of hematology patients depends first on correct diagnoses. Expert review is important in reaching accurate diagnoses. To improve diagnostic accuracy, the Taiwan Society of Pathology and the Taiwan Division of the International Academy of Pathology has been conducting an expert consultation program for general pathologists since 2001. As per this program, we have received a total of 395 cases (406 samples) for review. We found that meaningful diagnostic discrepancies occurred frequently in hematopathology reviews. Ambiguous or nondiagnostic original reports were the major causative factor for the major discrepancy cases, which demonstrates that diagnostic uncertainty is a big problem for referring pathologists. However, the World Health Organization lymphoma classification may be poorly reproducible in countries where extensive use of an ancillary technique is not used by general pathologists. This review is intended to report the misdiagnoses most commonly seen in the hematopathology practice in Taiwan. Awareness of the easily misinterpreted entities helps to achieve the right diagnosis and improve patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-748
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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