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pertinent

adjective adapted, affinitive, appertaining, applicable, apposite, appropriate, appurtenant, apropos, apt, associated, associative, bearing on the question, belonging, concerning, connected, fit, fitting, germane, having direct bearing, having to do with, material, opposite, pertaining, referring, regarding, related, relating, relational, suitable, to the point, to the purpose, with reference to
Associated concepts: pertinent testimony, relevant evidence
See also: akin, applicable, apposite, appropriate, felicitous, fit, germane, important, interrelated, intrinsic, material, noteworthy, related, relative, relevant, suitable, tangential

PERTINENT, evidence. Those facts which tend to prove the allegations of the party offering them, are called pertinent; those which have no such tendency are called impertinent, 8 Toull. n. 22. By pertinent is also meant that which belongs. Willes, 319.

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When the pathologic process shows spongiotic dermatitis but the clinical differential diagnosis is broader, then the addition of pertinent negatives to the pathology report is very useful to the dermatologist (see below).
Including pertinent negatives in the diagnosis, microscopic description, or comment section of our pathology report is very useful.
The second is to put pertinent negatives in a separate table or area of the report designated as pertinent negatives, rather than as part of the body of the report along with the pertinent positives.
1) The reason that the phrase "no carcinoma identified" makes sense and the (mistranscribed and uncaught by the pathologist's review prior to signing out) phrase "carcinoma identified" does not is that, with pertinent negatives, once it is stated in the final diagnosis that the disease or condition is not identified, it is not necessary to further elaborate on the issue, whereas where carcinoma is identified (or any of a number of other malignant and nonmalignant conditions such as lymphoma, granuloma, viral cytopathic effect, metastatic carcinoma, foreign material, vasculitis, fungal organisms, etc), the mere rendering of such a diagnosis without further qualification is insufficient and therefore nonsensical.