Colorectal tumors: the histology report

Dig Liver Dis. 2011 Mar:43 Suppl 4:S344-55. doi: 10.1016/S1590-8658(11)60590-2.


Epithelial colorectal tumors are common pathologic entities. Their histology report should be comprehensive of a series of pathologic parameters essential for the correct clinical management of the patients. Diagnostic histologic criteria of adenomatous, serrated, inflammatory, and hamartomatous polyps and of polyposis syndromes are discussed. In addition, the pathologic features of early and advanced colorectal cancer are described and a checklist is given. Finally, molecular prognostic and predictive factors currently employed in the treatment of colorectal cancer are discussed.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / pathology
  • Adenomatous Polyps / pathology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / genetics
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Mucosa / metabolism
  • Intestinal Mucosa / pathology*
  • Intestinal Polyposis / pathology
  • Intestinal Polyps / pathology
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Pathology / methods*
  • Pathology / standards
  • Prognosis
  • Specimen Handling