Brain Tumor Pathology: Current Diagnostic Hotspots and Pitfalls, 2006
This book is not a treatise on brain tumor pathology and nosography. It has been conceived as a help to pathologists, neuropathologists and neuro-oncologists in confronting everyday problems arising in the diagnostics of brain tumors. Today, because of scientific advances in clinical diagnosis brain tumors are operated earlier, when they are still of reduced dimensions, and with new techniques and more frequently they undergo biopsy procedures. As a consequence, surgical samples for diagnosis are of a smaller size. On the other hand, the recourse to therapies ever more selective require more and more precise identification of tumor types and grades and quite often reliance must be placed on a limited number of cells, as tumor morphological patterns are no longer available. The ever greater precision leads to an increased risk of a flawed diagnosis. The book aims to illustrate the pitfalls most frequently encountered today in the practical activity of diagnosis and also of prognosis.