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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-12

Grossing and reporting of testicular tumor specimens : An evidence-based approach

1 Department of Pathology, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pathology, Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
3 Department of Pathology, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Pathology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
5 Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
6 Department of Pathology, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
7 Department of Pathology, Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Cancer Hospital, Miraj, Maharashtra, India
8 Department of Pathology, Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Nadiad, Gujarat, India
9 Department of Pathology, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
10 Department of Pathology, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, India
11 Department of Pathology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
12 Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Santosh Menon
Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_1072_19

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The majority of testicular tumors are germ cell tumors (GCTs), but there are numerous other types, making testicular tumors one of the most diverse areas of human pathology, despite their relative rarity. Testicular tumors are usually diagnosed only after radical surgery, as biopsies are not performed. Further management of the patient is dependent on the diagnosis at microscopy, which itself is based on the sections taken at the time of grossing the specimen. Many pathologists often aren't well versed with guidelines for handling of orchiectomy specimens and for microscopy. This article discusses, in detail, the approach to grossing of a testicular tumor specimen and elaborates of the reasons as to why we do what we do at the initial “cut-up”. It explains the logic behind the reporting guidelines for testicular tumors and offer a clinical primer to the pathologist as to why we do what we do while grossing testicular tumor specimens.


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