1. Clinical history is important. What did you see when you took the biopsy?  Was there a mass there?  Does the patient have a history of malignancy?  These are all important questions, and they help pathologists arrive at the most accurate diagnosis possible.  Rarely, the best we can give you is a differential, but the more clinical information given to us, the more likely we can narrow things down and pinpoint ...

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“Wouldn’t it suck if you made it all the way through residency and then got cancer at the end?” my buddy Ron, a fellow medical student, and master of dark comedy, joked.  I winced at the thought.  God has a funny way of foreshadowing. Three-quarters of the way through pathology residency I noticed my feet were starting to itch, especially at night. It was a deep itch. I scratched so hard ...

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