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Pathology Highlights from Prague

Gerald Berry, MD
Pathology Council Past Chair

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gerald berryISHLT 2012 Prague was extremely productive and exhilarating for the members of the Path Council. Many members attended and actively participated in a host of pre-meeting symposia, concurrent sessions and concurrent symposia.

In addition we held pre-meeting sessions for pathologists on Tuesday, April 17th on the subjects of cardiac and pulmonary AMR. The morning session on cardiac AMR brought together many of the members of the cardiac group from ISHLT 2010 Chicago and ISHLT 2011 San Diego. The topics included refinement of histopathological and immunophenotypic diagnostic criteria and affirmation of the proposed grading scheme for AMR.

On Tuesday afternoon a group of pulmonary pathologists convened to discuss the results of Path Council sponsored survey of current practices for the diagnosis and reporting of pulmonary AMR. This provided a platform to evaluate a host of technical, interpretative and reporting issues. Proposals for antibody selection, interpretative thresholds for C4d staining distribution and intensity and uniform terminology for the reporting of biopsy results were reached by consensus from the discussion. A more detailed summary will follow.

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.