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Guidelines For The Cytopathologic Diagnosis Of Epithelioid And Mixed-Type Malignant Mesothelioma

Anders Hjerpe, Valeria Ascoli, Carlos W.M. Bedrossian, Mathilde E. Boon, Jenette Creaney, Ben Davidson, Annika Dejmek, Katalin Dobra, Ambrogio Fassina, Andrew Field, Pinar Firat, Toshiaki Kamei, Tadao Kobayashi, Claire W. Michael, Sevgen Önder, Amanda Segal, Philippe Vielh

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Objective: To provide practical guidelines for the cytopathologic diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma. Data Sources: Cytopathologists with an interest in the field involved in the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG) and the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) contributed to this update. Reference material includes peer-reviewed publications and textbooks. Rationale: This article is the result of discussions during and after the IMIG 2012 conference in Boston, followed by thorough discussions during the 2013 IAC meeting in Paris. Additional contributions have been obtained from cytopathologists and scientists who could not attend these meetings, with final discussions and input during the IMIG 2014 conference in Cape Town.