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Author: Mikael Häggström [notes 1]


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

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

When to ask

For grossing, general factors for asking for assistance include:

  • Unfamiliarity with the specimen type at hand.
  • Malignancy risk of the case.
  • Inability to retake sections in case the first ones are insufficient:
  • A risk of irreversibility of any processing, such as inability to perform special tests by putting it in formalin.
  • Low redundancy of tissue at hand, such as very small pieces of relevant tissue.
  • Low accessibility in obtaining the specimen at hand, such as through deep surgery or imaging-based biopsy.[notes 2]

What do ask for

When consulting a senior, generally read up on the medical history and(/or) operative report of the patient. What you generally want to know are:

  • If bringing a slide tray, don't forget the slide on your microscope.
  • ((Is the office door open, and if so, how much? Generally leave it the same way on the way out.))
  • The pathology issues at hand.
  • If information is given for writing a pathology report, what will you do after writing them? Save, sign or notify them otherwise?


  1. For a full list of contributors, see article history. Creators of images are attributed at the image description pages, seen by clicking on the images. See Patholines:Authorship for details.
  2. Low accessibility is associated with both a higher risk of malignancy (enough to motivate extensive methods for obtaining the specimen) and irreversibility (as it would be difficult to retake a specimen in case the first one does not result in an adequate diagnosis).

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