A Proposed Cytological Grading Scheme for Canine Cutaneous Mast Cell Tumor Aspirates that Correlates with High and Low Tier Histological Grades
World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2015
M. Camus1; E. Driskell2; M. Ilha3; J. Koehler4; H. Priest5; P. Rakich6; P. Krimer6
1Department of Pathology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA; 2Department of Pathobiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA; 3Department of Pathology, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA, USA; 4Department of Pathobiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA; 5Deptartment of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA; 6Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA


A new histologic grading system using two tiers (high and low) was proposed to replace the 3-tier Patnaik grades for canine mast cell tumors (MCTs).1 This new system is based on cytomorphologic characteristics of neoplastic cells, including karyomegaly, multinucleation, bizarre nuclei, and > 7 mitotic figures/10 HPF. All features can be examined cytologically, unlike the Patnaik grading scheme, and fine needle aspirates from MCTs may provide the same information in a quicker, cheaper, and less invasive manner.


To determine if the new 2-tier grading scheme can be applied to fine-needle aspirates from MCTs.


Paired cytologic and histologic samples from 152 canine MCTs were blindly graded high or low by 3 board-certified anatomic pathologists. Three board-certified clinical pathologists evaluated cytology specimens using the same criteria and reported an intuitive grade. A kappa statistic was used to measure agreement between average histological grade and various proposed cytological grading schemes, as well as intuitive impression.


The cytological grading scheme that agreed best with histology (kappa = 0.725 ± 0.085) classified a cytological sample as high grade if it was 'poorly granulated' or it had two grading characteristics (mitotic figures, multinucleated cells, binucleated cells, bizarre nuclei, or > 50% anisokaryosis), with 88.24% sensitivity, 94.07% specificity, positive likelihood ratio of 14.89 and negative likelihood ratio of 0.13. Interestingly, intuitive impression was extremely similar: kappa = 0.700 ± 0.089, sensitivity 82.35%, specificity 94.81%, positive likelihood ratio 15.88 and negative likelihood ratio 0.19.


Cytology is a useful indicator of histological grade of canine mast cell tumors.


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P. Krimer
Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, USA

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