Prostate chips grossing

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Prostate chips are generated from transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) procedures. These are generally for relieving urinary obstruction due to nodular hyperplasia of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia); however, urinary obstruction may be secondary to prostate cancer. Thus, the job of the pathologist here, usually, is excluding an incidental cancer.

The prevalence of prostate cancer varies from 7% (in a series 823 TURPs[1]) to 17% (in an older series of 747 TURPs[2]).

Clinically relevant cancer in procedures done for BPH (TURPs and prostatectomies) is seen in approximately 1.5% of specimens.[1]



  • Weight ___ grams.
  • Dimensions (in aggregate): ___ x ___ x ___ cm.
  • Number of fragments: [1-6 / multiple (>6)].
  • Appearance: [tan-gray / yellow / orange].
  • Consistency: [rubbery / firm].
  • Other: [none / hemorrhagic appearance / necrotic appearing].

[Submitted in total/Representative sections submitted] in block(s) ___.

Protocol notes

What to look for/feel for:[3]

Entity Colour Firmness
Prostate cancer yellow/orange firm
Benign prostate tan/gray rubbery


Number of cassettes:[3]

  • <= 12 grams: EIT.
  • >12 grams: embed 12 grams and 1 cassette for every additional 5 grams.
    • If the prostate chips have a mass of:
      • 16 grams: 6-8 cassettes for 12 grams + 1 cassette = 7-9 cassettes.
      • 21 grams: 6-8 cassettes for 12 grams + 2 cassettes = 7-9 cassettes.


  • If a minimal cancer is found in a partially submitted specimen, it is reasonable to stop there as submitting more tissue or the remainder is unlikely to change the grade or extent of involvement.[2]

N = number of blocks.
m = mass of the prostate tissue in grams.

Alternate approaches

See also

Related protocols


  1. 1.0 1.1 Skrzypczyk, MA.; Dobruch, J.; Nyk, L.; Szostek, P.; Szempliński, S.; Borówka, A. (2014). "Should all specimens taken during surgical treatment of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia be assessed by a pathologist?". Cent European J Urol 67 (3): 227-32. doi:10.5173/ceju.2014.03.art2. PMID 25247076.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Trpkov, K.; Thompson, J.; Kulaga, A.; Yilmaz, A. (Aug 2008). "How much tissue sampling is required when unsuspected minimal prostate carcinoma is identified on transurethral resection?". Arch Pathol Lab Med 132 (8): 1313-6. doi:10.1043/1543-2165(2008)132[1313:HMTSIR]2.0.CO;2. PMID 18684032.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lester, Susan Carole (2005). Manual of Surgical Pathology (2nd ed.). Saunders. pp. 398. ISBN 978-0443066450.