Don't miss the upcoming ISLH August Webinar!
On Thursday, August 17th, 2023 the International Society for Laboratory Hematology will host the next webinar in the e-Learning series: "Blast Identification in the Cerebrospinal Fluid".
The webinar will be held by John Frater, MD Professor, Pathology & Immunology Section Head, Flow Cytometry Medical Director, Laboratory Hematology Washington University School of Medicine President, International Society for Laboratory Hematology.
Involvement of the central nervous system (CNS) by acute leukemias (ALs) has important implications for risk stratification and disease outcome. The clinical laboratory plays an essential role in assessment of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens from patients with ALs at initial diagnosis, at the end of treatment, and when CNS involvement is clinically suspected.
The two challenges for the laboratory are 1) to accurately provide a cell count of the CSF and 2) to successfully distinguish blasts from other cell types.
Current Challenges Include: 1) more precisely characterizing the natural history of AL involvement of the CNS, 2) improvements in automated cell count technology of low cellularity specimens, 3) defining the role of flow MRD testing of CSF specimens and 4) improved recognition of specimen quality by clinicians and laboratory personnel.
- Name the principal methods of blast identification used in the clinical laboratory, and the advantages and disadvantages of both.
- Describe the clinical implications of blast identification in acute myeloid leukemia compared to lymphoblastic leukemia and in adults compared to children.
- Identify new innovations in laboratory instrumentation that may more accurately and precisely identify blasts in the CSF.
All webinars will begin promptly at 11:00 AM Eastern Time US and are approximately 50 minutes long. There is no charge to participate in the live webinar.
We look forward to your participation in this event!