Workshop on practical approach to diagnostic GI, Liver Pathology


Workshop on practical approach to
diagnostic GI, Liver Pathology

LAHORE: A workshop on Practical Approach to Diagnostic Gastrointestinal (GI) and Liver Pathology was organized by Pathology Department of the University of Health Sciences (UHS), recently. The workshop was facilitated by senior consultant pathologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA, Dr Saba Yasir and it was attended by practicing pathologists and pathology residents.

The workshop presented a practical overview for pathologists who encounter gastrointestinal and liver specimens in daily practice. Interpretation of biopsies of the upper GI tract mucosa and the liver was addressed, as well as recent advances in pancreatic and biliary pathology.


Prof. M. Aslam and Prof. Junaid Sarfaraz VC and Pro VC of UHS respectively photographed with
the participants to the workshop on Practical Approach to Diagnostic Gastrointestinal (GI) &
Liver Pathology held at UHS Lahore recently.

Case presentations were featured to emphasize presented concepts. The participants were given a better understanding of interpretation of mucosal biopsies, liver biopsies, pancreatic/biliary disorders, current concepts in staging, and the application of modern techniques to gastrointestinal disorders.

During the discourse, Dr Saba said that although many gastrointestinal tissue biopsies and surgical specimens were accurately diagnosed without referral to a gastrointestinal pathologist yet certain digestive diseases were histologically subtle or the differential diagnosis was complicated or complex. In such cases, a close working relationship between the pathologist and gastroenterologist with correlation of clinical, endoscopic, and biopsy findings might be of great benefit to the patient, she underscored.

UHS Pathology department’s Head, Prof A. H. Nagi said that born out of increasing awareness of subspecialty gastrointestinal pathology services and increased patient awareness of laboratory errors, there was an increasing trend toward referral of tissue specimens to surgical pathologists with special interest in gastrointestinal pathology. He maintained that application of immunochemistry and molecular pathology to conventional morphologic analysis in establishing the correct diagnosis was mandatory in all sub specializations of pathology. (PR)

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