Bicentric Retrospective Analysis of en Bloc Resection and Muscularis Mucosae Detection Rate in Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Tumors: A Real-World Scenario.

For risk stratification of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), the depth of stromal invasion can be further classified, where the lamina muscularis mucosae (MM) serves as a reference structure. While the overall identifiability of MM in standard transurethral specimens is low, en bloc resection may help in identification and overall orientation. The aims of this study were to report the detection rate of MM in en bloc resected bladder tumors (ERBT) and to provide real-world information on tissue stability and preservation of en bloc architecture during recovery and processing for histopathologic evaluation.

Thirty-four ERBT specimens were histologically re-evaluated with regard to MM detectability and structure as well as the presence of en bloc architecture and further histologic features. Associations with tumor size and energy source and within histologic parameters were assessed by standard Pearson's chi-squared analyses and Cramér's V effect size testing (V).

The first parameter assessed was MM detection rate. In 19 out of 34 samples (56%) MM was detectable: scattered in 9 cases (26%), interrupted in 8 cases (24%) and continuous in 2 cases (6%). The second parameter assessed was preservation of en bloc architecture. In 11 out of 34 samples (32%), en bloc architecture could not be confirmed, and these samples served as a reference group for the detection of MM. Preservation of en bloc architecture was associated with an increased MM detection rate (MM in en bloc preserved 16/23, 70% vs. non-preserved 3/11, 27%; p = 0.020; V = 0.398) and with tumor size (p = 0.005; V = 0.595). Medium-sized tumors (1.1-2 cm) were best preserved. The choice of energy source did not show relevant association with en bloc architecture (p = n.s.).

In line with recent publications, ERBT increases the MM detection rate considerably. However, a third of the ERBT specimens lost en bloc architecture during sample recovery and processing. Tumor size is a relevant factor, with optimal architecture preservation between 1 and 2 cm. Optimizing resection techniques, recovery, transport, and diagnostic processing of ERBT samples is warranted to verify the diagnostic value of MM-based substaging.

Advances in therapy. 2020 Oct 22 [Epub ahead of print]

Julian P Struck, Mario W Kramer, Olga Katzendorn, Marie C Hupe, Tomasz Ozimek, Martin J P Hennig, Judith R Wießmeyer, Christoph A J von Klot, Markus A Kuczyk, Hans H Kreipe, Axel S Merseburger, Sven Perner, Franz F Dressler

Department of Urology, University-Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Luebeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538, Luebeck, Germany. ., Department of Urology, University-Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Luebeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538, Luebeck, Germany., Department of Urology and Urologic Oncology, Medical School Hannover, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, 30625, Hannover, Germany., Institute of Pathology, Medical School Hannover, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, 30625, Hannover, Germany., Institute of Pathology, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Luebeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538, Luebeck, Germany.