Recommendations for processing cardiovascular surgical pathology specimens: A consensus statement from the Standards and Definitions Committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology and the Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology

James R. Stone, Cristina Basso, Ulrik T. Baandrup, Patrick Bruneval, Jagdish Butany, Patrick J. Gallagher, Marc K. Halushka, Dylan V. Miller, Robert F. Padera, Stanley J. Radio, Mary N. Sheppard, Kim Suvarna, Carmela D. Tan, Gaetano Thiene, Allard C. Van Der Wal, John P. Veinot

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Abstract

With the advent of molecular subclassification of diseases, much consideration should be given to the proper processing of cardiovascular surgical pathology specimens to maximize patient care. Such specimens include endomyocardial biopsies, cardiac myectomy specimens, cardiac apical core segments, resected cardiac valves, pericardial biopsies, resected segments of aorta, cardiac tumors, vascular stents, vascular grafts, cardiac devices, resected veins, arterial biopsies including temporal artery biopsies and hearts removed during cardiac transplantation. In this report, the Standards and Definitions Committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology and the Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology present consensus guidelines for the gross description, sectioning, processing, and staining of these specimens. This report is presented to aid pathologists, pathology assistants, and clinicians in maximizing the diagnostic utility of cardiovascular surgical pathology specimens for enhanced patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-16
Number of pages15
JournalCardiovascular Pathology
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiovascular surgical pathology specimens
  • Pathology standards
  • Patient care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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