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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 155-156
From Editor's desk

Editor-in Chief, IJPM, Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Date of Web Publication19-Jun-2017

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Dear Readers,

I present before you the April–June 2017 issue of IJPM. Words fail me in acknowledging the constant support and untiring efforts of editorial board members and panel of reviewers in completing this difficult task. I'm really overwhelmed by the number and quality of articles that are submitted to the journal by the authors from India and abroad and sincerely regret disappointing some of them in the process of selecting best papers for the limited space available with the journal. In this issue also, we have tried to cover the topics related to morphology to immunohistochemistry (IHC), cytogenetics, and molecular diagnostics in the fields of pathology, hematology, and microbiology as well as pathology education.

The differential diagnosis of thyroid tumors derived from follicular cells, especially the follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (FV-PTC), is always a challenge for pathologists. Lack of expression of CD56 has been proved to be useful in the diagnosis of PTC, including FV-PTC. Golu et al. in their article have evaluated the expression of CD56 in different thyroid lesions to assess the value of this marker in the differentiation of PTC (including PTC) from other nontumoral lesions and follicular thyroid which conclude that its absence can help differentiate FV-PTC from other thyroid nodules with follicular patterns.[1] Similarly, Win et al. have studied detailed clinicopathological features of poorly differentiated thyroid carcinoma (PDTC), that is a rare, aggressive malignancy of thyroid follicular cells and has unique features in morphology and behavior. They observed that PDTC usually coexists with one or more other benign or malignant pathologies and therefore all thyroid lesions should be sampled thoroughly to avoid missing of small foci of PDTC component.[2]

Inflammatory lesions of the skin have overlapping histopathological features and sometimes it becomes difficult to evaluate and make a definite diagnosis on histopathological features only. A wrong diagnosis may adversely affect the treatment of the patients. Articles by Ramezani et al. and Chawla et al. describe and discuss the role of IHC for various markers in differentiating lesions such as lichen planus, discoid lupus erythematosus, and psoriasis.[3],[4]

A good understanding of the subject is very important for a pathologist to make a correct and accurate diagnosis for the benefit of the patient. Understanding of the subject depends a lot on the methods and tools used to impart the education to a budding student. Bhusnurmath et al. have done a lot of work on pathology education, and in their article in the present issue, they have studied and highlighted the role of concept maps, drawn by students with their performance on tests involving clinical problem-solving, as a tool to teach pathology effectively and in a conceptual manner. They found it to be of great help for pathology education.[5]

Besides few articles mentioned above, there are many more interesting articles, images, case reports, and letters on various aspects of different branches of pathology. It is not possible for me to cover all of them in my address, but I hope all the articles will help the postgraduates and young pathologists in enhancing their knowledge. All the senior members are requested to contribute review articles in their field of expertise and also to new columns such as a quiz, clinicopathological conference, or “How I do it” for the benefit of our young and budding pathologists.

With best wishes

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Golu I, Vlad MM, Dema A, Moleriu LC, Tudor A, Iacob M, et al. The absence of CD56 expression can differentiate papillary thyroid carcinoma from other thyroid lesions. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2017;60:161-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Win TT, Othman1 NH, Mohamad I. Poorly differentiated thyroid carcinoma: A hospital based clinicopathological study and review of literature. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2017;60:167-71.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Ramezani M, Hashemi BS, Khazaei S, Rezaei M, Ebrahim AI, Sadeghi M. Diagnostic value of immunohistochemistry staining of Bcl-2, CD34, CD20 and CD3 for distinction between discoid lupus erythematosus and lichen planus in the skin. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2017;60:172-6.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Chawla N, Kataria1 SP, Aggarwal K, Chauhan P, Kumar D. Significance of vascular endothelial growth factor and CD31 and morphometric analysis of microvessel density by CD31 receptor expression as an adjuvant tool in diagnosis of psoriatic lesions of skin. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2017;60:189-95.  Back to cited text no. 4
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Bhusnurmath SR, Bhusnurmath B, Goyal S, Hafeez S, Abugroun A, Okpe J. Concept map as an adjunct tool to teach pathology. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2017;60:226-31.  Back to cited text no. 5
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Vatsala Misra
Editor-in Chief, IJPM, Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_323_17

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