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Author: Mikael Häggström [note 1]


On this resource, the following formatting is used for comprehensiveness:

  • Minimal depth
  • (Moderate depth)
  • ((Comprehensive))

Gross processing

Also evaluate as per potential lymphoma if there is a request for that in the referral, or other suspicion of it. Inspect the tonsils for any significant gross focal changes. If you have bilateral tonsils, and they look grossly similar, you may combine a small sample of each tonsil into one container for flow cytometry. A representative section of the grossly most abnormal part from each tonsil is generally enough.

If there is a suspicion of a tumor, ink the external surfaces before sectioning, otherwise inking is not needed. Further information: Tumor

Example gross report
((A. Labeled - ___. The specimen is received in formalin and consists of)) one rubbery, ovoid, pink-tan tonsil(s) measuring ____. The mucosal surfaces are unremarkable. On sectioning, the tissue is tan-white and homogenous, with no gross lesions. (Representative sections are submitted for microscopic examination in __ cassettes.)


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