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The effective use of gastrointestinal histopathology: guidance for endoscopic biopsy in the gastrointestinal tract
  1. Neil A Shepherd1,
  2. Roland M Valori2
  1. 1Gloucestershire Cellular Pathology Laboratory, Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham, UK
  2. 2Department of Gastroenterology, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Neil A Shepherd, Professor of Gastrointestinal Pathology, Gloucestershire Cellular Pathology Laboratory, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham GL53 7AN, UK; neil.shepherd{at}


This is the first of three articles, published in Frontline Gastroenterology, that provides practical guidance of what to, and what not to, biopsy in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This initiative was established by the Endoscopy and Pathology Sections of the British Society of Gastroenterology, and the guidance is published with an initial general review (this manuscript), followed by practical guidance on upper GI and lower GI endoscopic biopsy practice. The three articles are written by experienced operatives, each one by a pathologist and an endoscopist, working in the same hospital/group of hospitals.

  • Gastrointestinal Biopsy
  • Endoscopy
  • Histopathology
  • Guidance

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