The authors determined whether clinically relevant diagnostic information would be lost by examination of <3 levels per tissue core in prostate needle biopsy specimens. They evaluated 439 consecutive sextant biopsy specimens for the following three histopathologic features: presence of adenocarcinoma involving one core, Gleason pattern 4 in cases of grade 3 + 4 = 7 adenocarcinoma, and perineural invasion (PNI) by carcinoma. For all cases, 3 levels from each involved core were reviewed for the presence or absence of these three features. In 50 cases with adenocarcinoma involving only 1 core, diagnostic carcinoma was present on all 3 levels in 43 cores (86%). Carcinoma was present on only 2 levels in 3 cores (6%), present only on 1 level in 3 cores (6%), and present only on additional cutdowns, not on the original 3 levels in 1 core (2%). Among 32 cases, 51 cores were identified that contained Gleason grade 3 + 4 = 7 adenocarcinoma. In 41 cores (80%), pattern 4 was identified in all 3 levels. In 5 cores (10%), pattern 4 was identified on only 2 levels, and in another 5 cores (10%), pattern 4 was present on only 1 level. Among 36 cases, 69 tissue cores were identified that contained perineural invasion (PNI). In 54 cores (78%), PNI was present on all 3 levels. In 7 cores (10%), PNI was present on only 2 of 3 levels, while in 7 other cores (10%), PNI was present on only 1 of 3 levels. In 1 core (1.5%), PNI was noted only on additional cutdowns, not on the original 3 levels. We estimated that reducing the number of levels to 1 per core could result in the misdiagnosis of PNI, grading, or carcinoma in ~8-11% of cores with these features and could have changed the case diagnosis in 9 of 439 cases. If only 2 levels were reviewed, we predict misdiagnosis in 5% to 6% of cores with these features and a change in the case diagnosis in 5 of 439 cases. Misdiagnosis of clinically relevant features on prostate biopsy specimens can be minimized with histologic review of 3 levels per tissue core.
- Core biopsy
- Histologic sampling
- Prostate cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine