RE: [Histonet] tonsils

Our lab does  a Gross-only for tonsils and adenoids for those under 12
years of age.  (Unless ordered specifically by the ordering physician or a
pathologist feels a micro is warranted).

Michele Marggi
Surgical Pathology Supervisor
St. Marys Hospital Medical Center
707 S Mills Street
Madison WI  53715
Telephone: 608.258.6930
Fax: 608.258.6268

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             11/10/2005 11:18          RE: [Histonet] tonsils              

Years ago, when I worked in a clinical histology lab (I am now in
we processed and sectioned all tonsils. Since no serious pathology had ever
been discovered in any of the thousands of subadult tonsils we had
processed, the department was considering a "gross only" policy for tonsils
from patients under 16 years of age. Don't you know, that very month they
found an undiagnosed lymphoma in the tonsils of a 12 year old girl. We
continued processing all tonsils.  As I said, that was quite a few years
ago, and they may have changed the policy since then.

> ----------
> From:   on behalf of
> Blazek
> Sent:            Thursday, November 10, 2005 7:54 AM
> To:    
> Subject:         [Histonet] tonsils
> I need some information on how other facilities are handling tonsils.
> they gross only and what criteria is used to have microscopic performed
> them?  Thanks for any info. - Linda
> Linda  Blazek, HT (ASCP)
> Department of Pathology
> Children's Medical Center
> Dayton, Ohio  45404
> (937) 641-3358
> fax (937)641-5482
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