Biopsies and Operation Specimens of the Colon and Anorectal Region

  • F. T. Bosman
  • E. P. Saraga


In the clinical management of colorectal and anal diseases, the pathologist plays a decisive role. In inflammatory disorders, biopsies are taken to ascertain the inflammatory nature of the disease and to provide clues as to the etiology. Infectious diseases might be specifically diagnosed and inflammatory bowel syndromes can be correctly classified. In chronic inflammatory bowel disease, the effect of therapy can be monitored and dysplasia can be detected by biopsies. In operation specimens, the extent of the disease can be established and the initial diagnosis can be verified. In neoplastic conditions, biopsies can ascertain the neoplastic nature of the disease and allow a classification to some extent. In endoscopic resection specimens of neoplastic polyps, the initial diagnosis can be made and the question as to the necessity of additional treatment can be answered. In surgical resection specimens, the initial diagnosis can be verified and, using the pathologist’s report, a more reliable staging of the neoplasm can be performed.


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