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Infectious Agents and Cancer

, 12:6

Cancer centers in low- and middle-income countries


BackgroundIn 2000, an Italian non-governmental organisation NGO began a 9-year project to establish a surgical pathology laboratory at the Bugando Medical Centre BMC in Mwanza, Tanzania, a country with a low Human Development Index HDI, and as of 2009, the laboratory was operating autonomously. The present survey aims to evaluate the reproducibility of histological and cytological diagnoses assigned in the laboratory’s early years of autonomous activity. We selected a random sample of 196 histological and cytological diagnoses issued in 2010–2011 at the BMC surgical pathology laboratory. The corresponding samples were sent to Italy for review by Italian senior pathologists, who were blinded to the local results. Samples were classified into four diagnostic categories: malignant, benign, inflammatory, and suspicious. The two-observer kappa-statistic for categorised qualitative data was then calculated to measure diagnostic concordance between the local Tanzanian pathologists and Italian senior pathologists. The k-Cohen was calculated for concordance in the overall study sample. Concordance and discordance rates were also stratified by subset: general adult, paediatric-adolescent, and lymphoproliferative histopathological diagnoses; fluid and fine needle aspiration FNA cytological diagnoses; and PAP tests. Discordance was also categorised by the corresponding hypothetical clinical implications: high, intermediate, and not significant.

ResultsOverall concordance was 85.2% 167 of 196 diagnoses, with a k-Cohen of 0.7691 P = 0.0000. Very high concordance was observed in the subsets of adult general pathological diagnoses 90% and paediatric-adolescent pathological diagnoses 91.18%. Concordance in the subset of PAP tests was 75%, and for fluid-FNA cytological diagnoses it was 56.52%. Concordance among 12 histological subtypes of lymphoma was 75.86%, with substantial discordance observed in the diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma five cases diagnosed by Italian pathologists versus 2 by local pathologists. The overall proportion of discordance with high hypothetical clinical implications was 6.1% 12 diagnoses.

ConclusionThis blind review of diagnoses assigned in Tanzania, a country with low HDI, and in Italy, a country with a very high HDI, seemed to be a sensitive and effective method to identify areas of potential error and may represent a reference point for future, more detailed quality control processes or audits of surgical pathology services located in limited-resource regions.

KeywordsReproducibility K-statistic Error Quality control Low-Human Development Index countries Pathology diagnosis AbbreviationsBLBurkitt lymphoma

BMCBugando Medical Centre

FNAFine needle aspiration

HDIHuman development index

NGONon-governmental organisation

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Autor: R. Tumino - P. F. Rambau - F. Callea - L. Leoncini - R. Monaco - J. Kahima - V. Stracca Pansa - L. Viberti - D. Amadori


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