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Cytopathology - December 2018 edition

The December Edition of Cytopathology (Vol 29, issue 6) is now available to review online with print copies following soon

This issue begins with a detailed update on the current roles and preparation techniques for producing cell blocks in cytopathology by Nambirajan and Jain.

Every Cytologist and their departmental teams will benefit from referring to this comprehensive review to remind themselves what is available for, and possible with, their specimens and they should reflect on what could be introduced in their local setting to make the most of the material provided .

The cell block theme is continued with a focused look at cell blocks in thyroid fine needle aspiration (FNA) by Jiang et al (correlating their findings with the histological results), cell blocks in the diagnosis of mesenchymal tumours of the digestive tract by Lopes et al. and the experience of Brisuda et al. with cell blocks in the diagnosis and follow up of urothelial carcinoma of the bladder.

Other original articles include an evaluation of the Paris system in atypical urinary cytology correlating with immunohistochemistry and histology where possible, a comparison between matched liquid based cytology and biopsy samples in establishing PD-L1 expression in lung cancers and the implications for diagnosis and prognosis of PTEN expression in endometrial carcinoma imprint samples. Khadra et al. describe the usefulness and safety aspects of thyroid FNAs in individuals taking anticoagulants.

Evered discusses the potential benefit and opportunities for criterion learning in cytology training to improve the balance between sensitivity and specificity. 

This month’s issue also includes three fascinating case reports of unusual infective, non-neoplastic and malignant lesions to help make sure that we do not miss them in our daily practice, and there is another opportunity to test your cytological skills in a series of cases in Enigma Portal, featuring diagnostic challenges, some of which we will come across frequently and others less commonly encountered.

As well as reading your print copy, please visit the Cytopathology website where new articles are available for “Early View” and there is access to “Virtual Issues”. Cytopathology welcomes submission of high quality original articles relating to those aspects of cytology which increase our knowledge and understanding of the aetiology, diagnosis and management of human disease (full instructions on the website). The editorial team also encourages BAC members interested in peer review to get in touch (