Dataset for histopathology reporting of mucosal malignancies of the pharynx

Royal College of Pathologists - RCPATH
Royal College of Pathologists
Publication date:
25 November 2013


This document presents the core data that should be provided in histopathology reports on specimens of mucosal malignancies originating in the nasopharynx, oropharynx and hypopharynx. Malignancies arising in the oral cavity, nose and paranasal sinuses, and larynx are described in companion datasets, although most of the guidance is the same for each site.

The guidance is mainly derived from data on squamous cell carcinomas which account for 95% of oral malignancies, but similar principles may be applied to the reporting of other mucosal malignancies arising in this anatomical area including adenocarcinomas, undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinomas and malignant melanoma, and to neuroendocrine epithelial neoplasms that are important considerations in the differential diagnosis but are not described in detail. Important site-specific and diagnosis-specific recommendations are included as appropriate.