Interobserver Reproducibility of Percent Gleason Pattern 4 in Prostatic Adenocarcinoma on Prostate Biopsies

Evita T. Sadimin, Francesca Khani, Mairo Diolombi, Abdelrazak Meliti, Jonathan Ira Epstein

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In the WHO Classification of Tumours of the Urinary System and Male Genital Organs published in 2016, it was officially recommended that the percent of Gleason pattern 4 (GP4) be reported on pathology reports to better reflect the extent in Gleason score 7 tumors. In this study we assessed the reproducibility of reporting GP4 on prostate biopsies. We analyzed prospectively 422 cores containing GP4 from our consult cases over a period of 2.5 months. The percent pattern 4 was assigned to all the cases in 10% increments from 0% to 100% (with the addition of 5%) by 1 of 4 fellows in urological pathology and by the expert urological pathologist. Out of 422 cores, 32% were an exact match and 75% were within ±10% (weighted κ [κW] value 0.67). Cases were further stratified on the basis of (1) scattered versus clustered GP4 in the background of Gleason pattern 3, (2) continuous versus discontinuous tumor involvement, (3) cribriform/glomeruloid pattern only versus poorly formed/fused pattern versus mixed cribriform and poorly formed/fused pattern, and (4) total tumor involvement of the core (≤10% vs. >10% of the core). No significant differences were observed in the first 3 variables. However, in cases with ≤10% involvement of the core, 61% were within ±10% (κW=0.50) compared with cases with >10% involvement of the core, in which 78% were within ±10% (κW=0.70). In summary, we showed that assessment of percent GP4 was relatively reproducible, with substantial agreement within ±10% in cases. However, with

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgical Pathology
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 2 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Surgery


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