RE: [Histonet] FW: HTL question

From:"Bartlett, Jeanine \(CDC/CCID/NCZVED\)"

Good point.  It definitely seems like a poorly designed question. 

Jeanine Bartlett
Infectious Disease Pathology Branch
(404) 639-3590

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Liz
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 2:07 PM
To: 'Dolores Townsend';
Subject: RE: [Histonet] FW: HTL question

ASCP study guide

Some of the questions that are in the HT/HTL study from ASCP are
questions that used to be on the exam but were removed because they did
not perform well for a variety of reasons. They did not differentiate
between knowledgeable candidates and others that did not know as much,
or perhaps there was more than one correct answer, but they still give
the candidate an idea of how the questions are written, etc. This
question was probably removed from the exam and is in the booklet for
the same reason it is under discussion now.  


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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Dolores
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 11:35 AM
To: Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED) Bartlett;
Subject: Re: [Histonet] FW: HTL question

As for a lot of tests, the answer is a bit tricky and confusing, but D
is right: although the pathologist can see something that MIGHT be
fungus on the routine stain, (s)he will ask for a special stain (GMS or
other) to confirm the presence of fungus. Hence, D. Fungi are never
demonstrated with routine procedure. You will need the special stain to
be sure. This is true for most special stains: the pathologist sees
something on the routine stain, but it is not conclusive, so special
stains are needed to confirm the diagnostic.
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