Course on Synovial Biopsies


We are pleased to announce that the 1st Course on Synovial Biopsies has been granted 6 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

Thursday, September 20

15.00    Welcome 
            Bernard Lauwerys and Joao Eurico Fonseca
            Course Organisers

15.15    Introduction  

            Douglas Veale, Ireland
            (Description of the learning objectives)

15.45    Synovial biopsies in rheumatology: An overview
            Frances Humby, United Kingdom 
            (Historical perspective – overview of the different techniques – major research outcomes and
            present developments)

16.30    Ultrasound-guided biopsies, needle-arthroscopic and forceps biopsies 
            Andrew Filer, United Kingdom 
(Further description of the different techniques – required instruments – learning
            curve – comparative safety and tolerance – comparative quality of the biopsied material)

17.15   Coffee Break 

17.30   Pre-processing of synovial biopsy samples
           Rogier Thurlings, The Netherlands
(Present recommendations on preservation of the samples, pre-analytical processing and
           quality controls)

18.15   Synovial tissue interpretation (minimum requirements)
           Carl Orr, Ireland
(Present recommendations on processing samples, staining, markers and observation

19.00   End of Day 1

Friday, September 21

09.00   Clinical applications (present clinical applications of synovial biopsies)
 Antonio Manzo, Italy

09.30   US-guided biopsies: Overarching principles
           Laurent Méric de Belefon, Belgium
           (Asepsia – anesthesia – post-procedure care – pain management – safety and tolerance –            corticosteroid injections – learning curve)

10.15   US-guided biopsies: Wrists, MCPs and MTPs
           Ilias Lazarou, Switzerland
(US anatomy of the joints – entry site – biopsy procedure with extensive video material)

11.00   Coffee Break

11.15   US-guided biopsies: Knees and ankles
           Joaquim Pereira, Portugal

12.00   Conclusions and next steps
           Costantino Pitzalis, United Kingdom

12.30   Adjourn