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Saturday, August 12 • 11:35am - 12:25pm
When and why do I need to order immunohistochemistry?

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It is not uncommon to see in the comments section of a pathology report that immunohistochemistry and be performed to provide additional information.  Do we need to do this?  How is this going to help in the management of the case?  In some cases this can add time to the time taken for a pathological diagnosis, and this needs to be considered.
Lymphoma is the tumour where immunohistochemistry or immunocytochemistry is utilised.  While there are some cases where it can help in making the diagnosis of lymphoma, in many cases it is used to define the disease further.  Lymphoma is not one disease and the prognosis and treatment for some of the subtypes we know is very different.  Using immunohistochemistry is of value for the client and the veterinarian in determining what happens to the patient.  
We use immunohistochemistry in solid tumours less often, but there are still some times when they can be useful.  In mast cell tumours there is still some debate about the role of immunohistochemistry in the decision making process for this disease.   

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Peter Bennett

Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
Dr Bennett is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. After time in general practice he completed residency training in small animal medicine in 1999 and then joined the faculty of Purdue University in Indiana where he was trained in oncology. He is a Fellow of the Australian... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 11:35am - 12:25pm AEST
Room 7