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Histopathological grading of breast ductal carcinoma in situ : validation of a web-based survey through intra-observer reproducibility analysis

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Histopathological grading of breast ductal carcinoma in situ : validation of a web-based survey through intra-observer reproducibility analysis

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Título Histopathological grading of breast ductal carcinoma in situ : validation of a web-based survey through intra-observer reproducibility analysis
Autor Schuh, Fernando
Biazús, Jorge Villanova
Resetkova, Erika
Benfica, Camila Z.
Ventura, Alessandra de Freitas
Uchôa, Diego de Mendonça
Graudenz, Márcia Silveira
Edelweiss, Maria Isabel Albano
Abstract Background: Histopathological grading diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast may be very difficult even for experts, and it is important for therapeutic decisions. The challenge may be due to the inaccurate and/or subjective application of the diagnosis criteria. The aim of this study was to investigate the intra-observer agreement between a traditional method and a developed web-based questionnaire for scoring breast DCIS. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out to evaluate the diagnostic agreement of an electronic questionnaire and its point scoring system with the subjective reading of digital images for 3 different DCIS grading systems: Holland, Van Nuys and modified Black nuclear grade system. Three pathologists analyzed the same set of digitized images from 43 DCIS cases using two different web-based programs. In the first phase, they accessed a website with a newly created questionnaire and scoring system developed to allow the determination of the histological grade of the cases. After at least 6 months, the pathologists read again the same images, but without the help of the questionnaire, indicating subjectively the diagnoses. The intra-observer agreement analysis was employed to validate this innovative web-based survey Results: Overall, diagnostic reproducibility was similar for all histologic grading classification systems, with kappa values of 0.57 ± 0.10, 0.67 ± 0.09 and 0.67 ± 0.09 for Holland, Van Nuys classification and modified Black nuclear grade system respectively. Only two 2-step diagnostic disagreements were found, one for Holland and another for Van Nuys. Both cases were superestimated by the web-based survey. Conclusion: The diagnostic agreement between the web-based questionnaire and a traditional method, both using digital images, is moderate to good for Holland, Van Nuys and modified Black nuclear grade system. The use of a scoring point system does not appear to pose a major risk of presenting large (2-step) diagnostic disagreements. These findings indicate that the use of this point scoring system in this web-based survey to grade objectively DCIS lesions is a useful diagnostic tool.
Contido em Diagnostic pathology. London. Vol. 10 (Jul. 2015), p. 93, [10] f.
Assunto Carcinoma intraductal não infiltrante
Neoplasias da mama
[en] Classification
[en] Ductal carcinoma in situ
[en] Intra-observer reproducibility
[en] Scoring system
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/143694
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