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Through histopathology, can we get 100% accurate diagnosis?

Through histopathology, can we get 100% accurate diagnosis?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At May 10, 2017
Reviewed AtJuly 28, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have a few doubts regarding the pathology reports. Please clarify. It seems like advances in pathology is increasing diagnostic confidence. Can alcoholic liver disease biopsy result ever be 100% accurate by itself? Labeling something as "consistent with" could be a real problem for all involved if the patient insists on social drinking history only. Would use of chemotherapy for breast cancer and hyperlipidemia prohibit a 100% definitive ALD diagnosis?


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Histopathology examination by biopsy is the most confirmatory method for many pathological conditions. Hyperlipidemia can lead fatty liver condition, which can be because of alcohol as well. From histopathology examination, it can be surely said that whether it is an infective condition or malignancy. Alcoholic liver disease includes steatosis (fatty liver), hepatitis, cirrhosis, and in final stage cancer as well. So, it is better to give diagnosis mentioned above format and not a just alcoholic liver disease according to my opinion. Final diagnosis in an ideal way was always made with clinical correlation. Hence, findings consistent with is usually written in the report, and clinical correlation advises given.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri


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