Modern surgical and anatomic pathology is very much focussed on neoplastic diseases. However, based on the increased number of immunocompromised patients for various reasons (including the ageing population as well as the raising number of immigrants and refugees), the pathologist should be aware and familiar with the morphology of infectious diseases. In addition, due to the increasing possibilities in auxiliary methods, including immunohistochemistry and molecular techniques, pathologists can make appropriate diagnoses in a much wider range of lesions.
Based on the strong cross-sectional character of pathology of infectious diseases, the working group stated early on to perform joint sessions with various other working groups in which infections are more or less common.
Prof. Gregor Gorkiewicz
Medical University of Graz Institute of Pathology Auenbruggerplatz 258036, Graz, AUT