This new reference examines specimen processing of effusion fluids, detailing the steps needed to obtain more accurate diagnoses while avoiding common pitfalls. A methodical, algorithmic approach to the evaluation and interpretation of specimens enables you to establish a definitive diagnosis in these often difficult cases. User-friendly features combined with extensive tables and algorithms facilitate ease of interpretation, and highlighted information makes the most essential concepts easy to reference quickly.
1. Introduction 2. The panorama of different faces of mesothelial cells 3. Approach to diagnostic cytopathology of serous effusions 4. Diagnostic pitfalls in effusion fluid cytology 5. Immunocytochemistry of effusion fluids: introduction to SCIP approach 6. Reactive conditions 7. Diagnostic cytopathology of peritoneal washing 8. Mesothelioma 9. Metastatic carcinoma in effusions 10. Metastaic sarcomas, melanoma, and other non-epithelial malignancies 11. Where do they come from? Evaluation of unknown primary site of origin 12. Hematolyphoid disorders 13. Flow cytometry, molecular techniques, and other special techniques Appendix 1: Collection and processing of serous cavity fluids for cytopathologic evaluation Appendix 2: Immunocytochemistry of effusions - processing and commonly used immunomarkers Index