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Head and Neck Pathology

Head and Neck Pathology

by Leon Barnes

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A Doody's Core Title 2012

The head and neck is the site of some of the most diverse and histologically complex tumors in the human body. Within this small, highly specialized region, one finds a remarkable range of tissues, including skin, mucosal surfaces, soft tissue, bone, lymph nodes, peripheral and central nervous system tissue, paraganglia,


A Doody's Core Title 2012

The head and neck is the site of some of the most diverse and histologically complex tumors in the human body. Within this small, highly specialized region, one finds a remarkable range of tissues, including skin, mucosal surfaces, soft tissue, bone, lymph nodes, peripheral and central nervous system tissue, paraganglia, endocrine organs, salivary glands and odontogenic structures. Compounding the issue, biopsies are often small, frequently distorted and difficult to orient for paraffin embedding, all of which impact evaluation and diagnosis, even for experienced pathologists.

Head and Neck Pathology presents fifty cases for discussion and illustration. The cases have been selected to show the wide range of specimens seen in head and neck pathology and address some of the frequent encountered in these lesions.

The goal of this unique book is to provide detailed insight into a wealth of expert experience in such cases, with in-depth review of the expert's analysis and diagnostic process supported by high-quality color photomicrographs and discussion of the diagnostic principles involved in evaluating these lesions.

Head and Neck Pathology is essential reading for surgical pathologists, otolaryngologists and pathologists. In addition it will be of interest to pathology and otolaryngology residents and fellows.

About the Series

The Consultant Pathology series is designed to disseminate the knowledge of expert surgical pathology consultants in the analysis and diagnosis of difficult cases to the full community of pathology practitioners. The volumes are based on actual consultations and presented in a format that illustrates the expert's process of evaluating the case, including indications for consultation, the consultant's findings and comment, and discussion of the entity that amplifies the case description. Each volume in the Consultant Pathology series is authored by international experts with extensive case experience in the areas covered.

Editorial Reviews

This text/reference, with nearly 500 photographs, is devoted exclusively to the histologic differential diagnosis of head and neck diseases and is intended to be kept close to the microscope as a guide to head and neck pathology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Fang Fan, MD, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: The authors of this book use a case-based approach to discuss selected lesions in each disease category of head and neck pathology. This third volume in the Consultant Pathology series follows volumes on tumorigenic melanocytic proliferations and brain tumors.
Purpose: The authors select cases from their consultation files for discussion and illustration. This case-based format is unique, practical, and easy to read. The authors' objectives of "sharing the educational value of the consultation cases and addressing some of the frequently raised questions" are well met.
Audience: This is suitable for pathology residents, surgical pathology fellows, and practicing pathologists who deal with head and neck pathology on a daily basis. Because the book is not written in a traditional systemic textbook format, pathology beginners may find it difficult to follow. However, senior pathology trainees and surgical pathologists who have a good fund of knowledge of head and neck pathology will like and appreciate this case-based format. Dr. Leon Barnes is a highly reputed expert in head and neck pathology.
Features: The book uses 50 didactic cases to discuss selected disease entities under nine categories, including squamous cell carcinoma, salivary glands, sinonasal tract-nasopharynx, dental lesions, neural-neuroectodermal lesions, soft tissue tumors, bone tumors, endocrine tumors, and miscellaneous lesions. Each case presentation starts with clinical information, followed by opinion which includes microscopic description, immunohistochemical stain or other ancillary test results, and final diagnosis. The case presentation concludes with discussion which contains a brief introduction of the disease entity, a description of characteristic gross and/or microscopic features of the lesion, and differential diagnosis. The text is succinct and easy to read, the illustrations are of high quality. What I like the most is that each chapter reads like a consultation report, very practical and to the point. Some of the commonly raised questions are addressed such as verrucous carcinoma versus papillary keratosis (chapter 1.5), different types of schneiderian papilloma (chapter 3.1), and carcinoma arising in a branchial cleft cyst versus metastatic carcinoma (chapter 9.1). Some rare or recently described lesions are also presented such as oncocytic mucoepidermoid carcinoma (chapter 2.7), and sclerosing polycystic adenosis (chapter 2.11). One small suggestion I have for future editions is that the summarized key diagnostic points for each lesion appear in a highlighted box as does the diagnosis. That will make the learning points stand out for each lesion.
Assessment: As a practicing pathologist dealing with head and neck pathology on a daily basis, I find this book very practical and useful, to the point that I wish the authors had included more cases to cover more lesions. I am sure many colleagues will like the approach of this book as I do and use it as consultation for similar cases in head and neck pathology.
From the Publisher
“In summary, this is a wonderful, comprehensive textbook of head and neck pathology that makes significant additions to currently available on similar subject. Beautifully illustrated and produced, this book is a good value for the size and production standard. It is a must on the shelves of anyone, from residents to senior-level pathologists, involved in head and neck pathology."—Head and Neck, December 2012

Product Details

Springer Publishing Company
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Consultant Pathology
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Barnes & Noble
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

is Professor of Pathology and Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Chief, Division of Head and Neck Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Professor of Oral and MAxillofacial Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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