Person with cancer—perineural invasion indicator, yes/no/not applicable/not stated/inadequately described code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Perineural invasion indicator
Synonymous names:Perineural involvement; PNI
METeOR identifier:429134
Registration status:Health, Standard 08/05/2014
Definition:An indicator of whether perineural invasion is evident in a pathology specimen of the person with cancer, as represented by a code.
Context:This should be collected for people with cancer where pathology data is available.
Data Element Concept:Person with cancer—perineural invasion indicator

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
Supplementary values:
7Not applicable
9Not stated/inadequately described

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Perineural invasion refers to cancer cells tracking along or around a nerve within the space surrounding a nerve. Its presence may be indicative of perineural spread, which can make the resection of malignant lesions more difficult.

Only record perineural invasion in the primary tumour, not for metastatic or recurrent disease.
Collection methods:This information should be sought from the patient's pathology report under microscopic findings.
Comments:The presence of perineural invasion may be an important prognostic factor for some cancers.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Cancer Australia
Reference documents:

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia 2010. Lung cancer structured reporting protocol. 1st Edition (Version 1.0). Surry Hills, NSW: Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

Potter ST & Partin AW 2000. The significance of perineural invasion found on needle biopsy of the prostate: implications for definitive therapy. Reviews in Urology Spring edition:87-88

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Lung cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 14/05/2015

Lung cancer (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 14/05/2015

Prostate cancer (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 14/05/2015

DSS specific attributes +