Oral Pathology Continuing Education Course

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World Health Organization Classification of Lymphomas

Nancy Lee Harris, MD

The World Health Organization’s most recent classification of lymphoid neoplasms now recognizes as many as 108 diseases, many of which are defined by distinctive genetic and/or immunophenotypic features as well as morphologic characteristics. Correct classification is essential in order to determine the appropriate treatment for patients with these diseases. Dr. Harris will review the WHO classification of mature lymphoid neoplasms that she and colleagues formulated and an algorithmic approach to the use of immunophenotyping and genetic studies in differential diagnosis of mature lymphoid neoplasms.

After the presentation, attendees are expected to

1) understand the classification of lymphoid neoplasms
2) recognize various subtypes of malignant lymphomas
3) be able to apply the WHO classification of lymphomas in daily practice
4) be familiar with advanced diagnostic techniques including immunohistochemistry and cytogenetics

Lymphomas of the Head and Neck and Their Mimics

Judith Ann Ferry, MD

The diagnosis of lymphoma in extranodal sites presents special challenges to the pathologist. Because lymphoma presents relatively seldom in the oral cavity, practicing pathologists may be uncomfortable distinguishing reactive from malignant lymphoproliferative disorders due to inadequate experience with these conditions.
In this presentation, Dr. Ferry will review several of the more common forms of lymphoma of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, salivary glands, and oral cavity as well as their non-neoplastic mimics. Special attention will be devoted to immunohistochemical evaluation of these lesions.

After the presentation, attendees are expected to:

1) recognize common presentations of lymphomas of the oral and maxillofacial region
2) understand lymphoproliferative disorders of viral etiology
3) be able to identify mimics of neoplastic lymphomas
4) be familiar with the basic approach to immunohistochemical evaluation of lymphoid proliferations

Clinico-Pathologic Case Exchange

Moderator: Mark A. Lerman, DMD

The clinico-pathologic case exchange is an opportunity for oral pathologists and residents to share with each other clinical,  radiographic, and/or histopathologic cases of interest. Educators may use these well-documented examples of conditions both rare and commonly encountered to enhance their teaching files, while trainees will gain experience as they prepare for fellowship and/or board examinations.  This venue also allows an opportunity to foster collaboration among colleagues at varied institutions.

Learning Objectives

1) Broaden understanding of approaches to diagnosis in multiple institutions
2) Update information on current immunohistochemical and other laboratory techniques
3) Acquire high-quality, well-documented cases for teaching
4) Identify intersecting areas of interest and investigation among colleagues at other institutions to potentially lead to collaborative research and consultation