New guideline spells out IPMN essentials

It was a call he dreaded making. It was the late 1990s. Volkan Adsay, MD, was following up on a former patient who had been diagnosed eight years earlier with pancreatic cancer, one related to an intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm. The patient’s medical record noted that despite chemotherapy, the prognosis was grim.

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Dr. Volkan Adsay (right), with coauthors
and Emory pathologists Alyssa Krasinskas, MD
(front), and Michelle Reid, MD.

Upper-echelon QA through Accuracy-Based Programs

HbA1c, creatinine, testosterone, vitamin D, lipids, and maybe albumin. If you know what the common thread is among these analytes, then you may be familiar with the CAP’s Accuracy-Based Programs and their evolution over the past couple of decades. While a few providers around the world offer accuracy-based surveys, the College’s Accuracy-Based Programs are by far the largest.

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John H. Eckfeldt, MD, PhD

For viral diagnosis,
metagenomic NGS

A 20-year-old woman who had returned to the U.S. after two months of hiking in Western Australia presented with three days of acute febrile illness—fever, rash, headache, nausea, and muscle and joint pain. Testing for common infectious causes of acute febrile illness, including Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, and human immunodeficiency virus, all turned up negative.

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Charles Chiu, MD, PhD

Visuals to the fore in new histology labeling guideline

Like laboratorians, filmmakers split their workflow into three phases. In film, they are pre-production, production, and post-production. When flubs occur on a movie set, “We’ll fix it in post,” often said sardonically, is the fallback game plan to keep things on schedule and use visual and sound effects to cover up mistakes.

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Richard W. Brown, MD

June 2015 Issue

New guideline spells out IPMN essentials | Upper-echelon QA through Accuracy-Based Programs | For viral diagnosis, metagenomic NGS

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