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Simplification of grading papillary urothelial neoplasia using a reduced set of diagnostic features
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
2011 (English)In: Analytical and Quantitative Cytology and Histology, ISSN 0884-6812, Vol. 33, no 2, 68-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


To determine whether a reduced set of the histopathologic features used in internationally accepted classifications is capable of accurately grading papillary urothelial neoplasms (PUN).


All surgical specimens from urinary bladders received during a 2-year period were reexamined by an expert uropathologist for assessing the accuracy of original nonexpert PUN grading and staging. Thirteen histopathologic features entailing 32 attributes were evaluated with regard to prediction of expert grade. Patients were followed for 35-59 months (mean, 47).


A total of 88 PUN specimens could be analyzed completely including follow-up specimens. Agreement between original and expert grade was 71% for low-grade and 87% for high-grade PUN, with overall kappa = 0.53. The histomorphologic features most predictive of expert grade were architectural disorder, variability of nuclear enlargement, and absence of umbrella cells. Neither individual histomorphologic attributes nor their combinations were as predictive of expert pathologist grade as original diagnoses.


Improvements in PUN grading and prognostication are not likely to be accomplished by only reducing the number of histomorphologic features currently recommended by the World Health Organization and International Society of Urological Pathology.

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2011. Vol. 33, no 2, 68-74 p.
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Clinical Laboratory Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171377PubMedID: 21980608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-171377DiVA: diva2:510658
Available from: 2012-03-17 Created: 2012-03-17 Last updated: 2012-03-26Bibliographically approved

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