When a patient is under anesthesia, every second counts. An intraoperative consultation provides essential information to ensure every operation has a successful conclusion. The stakes are high and the challenges are great - no special stains, limited access for consultation with colleagues, often suboptimal slide preparation, and cases that may be out of a pathologist's normal sphere of practice.
Diagnostic Pathology: Intraoperative Consultationis designed to be the best resource when pathologists need assistance. No time is wasted looking for information because each chapter is directed to a specific question posed by a surgeon, such as “Does this patient have pancreatic cancer?”, “Is there an intrauterine pregnancy?”, “Does this patient have lung cancer?”, or “Are the margins free of carcinoma?”. The clinical setting and what the surgeon needs to know - and why - are explained. Specimen processing (gross and microscopic), tissue selection, and reporting of results are detailed. All major entities in the differential diagnosis are described and shown in photographs. Major pitfalls are discussed and illustrated. This is the book every pathologist will want at their side the next time a page calls them to the frozen section room.