No truth in names

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Pathology has no truth in names. Misnomers redirects to this article.

The big table of lies

Diagnosis Comment
Papillary thyroid carcinoma does not need papillae
Large cell variant of small cell carcinoma name is an oxymoron
Sertoli-Leydig cell tumour does not require Sertoli cells and Leydig cells[1]
Eosinophilic variant of clear cell renal cell carcinoma name is an oxymoron
Clear cell carcinoma cells do not have to be clear; hobnailing is the key feature
Clear cell sarcoma cells do not have to be clear through-out
Maternal floor infarct not really an infarct
Microglial a macrophage; not glial
Ganglion cyst not really a cyst
Fibroadenoma really ought to be adenofibroma, as the fibrous part is the lesion
Pyogenic granuloma not infectious and not granulomatous
Solitary rectal ulcer three lies... none of the three have to be true in a given case

See also


  1. Cotran, Ramzi S.; Kumar, Vinay; Fausto, Nelson; Nelso Fausto; Robbins, Stanley L.; Abbas, Abul K. (2005). Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease (7th ed.). St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Saunders. pp. 1103. ISBN 0-7216-0187-1.