An audit of colorectal cancer histopathology reports in a Tertiary Health Care Center in Nigeria

  • DE Obaseki
  • O Rotimi
  • DF Mekoma
  • I Obahiagbon


Objective: To audit the completeness of histopathologic reports of Colorectal Cancer for prognostic information in a tertiary care hospital in the light of the minimum reporting standards for colorectal cancer resections recently proposed for use in Nigeria.
Material and Methods: Twenty–five histopathology reports of colorectal cancer from January 2012 to December 2014 were reviewed.
Results: Some of data items were mentioned in the histopathology reports, however gross description of resection specimens was inadequate, degree of differentiation of tumour, stage of tumour, lympho-vascular invasion and status of the surgical margins were poorly mentioned. The mean number of lymph nodes
isolated were three and this was done in only ten cases.
Conclusion: The quality of histopathology reports is unsatisfactory. Action should be taken to improve the histopathologic reports by adopting in full the proposed proforma for reporting colorectal cancer resection specimens in Nigeria.

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