Utility of Examination of Biopsy Tracts in Osteosarcoma Resection Specimens

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the utility and necessity of submitting tissue sections from the biopsy tracts of osteosarcoma resection specimens.

Methods: The prevalence of residual tumor in representative sections of osteosarcoma biopsy tracts was assessed in a series of 97 osteosarcoma resection specimens.

Results: No residual tumor cells were identified in 97 sampled biopsy tracts (0%; 95% confidence interval, 0%-2.5%).

Conclusions: Pathologists do not need to submit sections of resected biopsy tracts unless there is clinical or gross evidence that would warrant further examination.

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