Summary The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer/American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society and 2015 World Health Organization classifications of lung adenocarcinoma recommend designating tumors showing entirely lepidic growth as adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS) and lepidic tumors with invasion less than or equal to 5 mm as minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA), both of which have superior outcome to conventional invasive adenocarcinoma (IA). Data on interobserver variability within this classification are limited, and further validation of the superior survival of AIS and MIA is needed. A total of 296 surgically excised pulmonary adenocarcinomas were reviewed from 254 patients (1997-2009). Slides were independently reviewed by 2 pulmonary pathologists who categorized tumors as AIS, MIA, or IA. Of 296 nodules, 244 (82.4%) were agreed upon by both observers: 10 AIS, 61 MIA, and 173 IA (κ = 0.63, good agreement). In 6 cases (2%), there was disagreement between AIS and MIA; in 45 cases (15%), there was disagreement between MIA and IA; and in 1 case, there was disagreement between AIS and IA. Overall survival was significantly different among categories as determined by both observers. Cases with disagreement between MIA and IA had similar survival to agreed MIA. Disease-specific 10-year survival was 100% for AIS (both observers) and 97.3% and 97.6% for MIA, although this did not reach statistical significance compared to IA for either observer. Good agreement was present between observers when classifying tumors as AIS, MIA, and IA. Significant differences in overall survival were present between the 3 groups for both observers, and interobserver variability was evident. Patients with AIS and MIA experienced excellent DSS.
- Minimally invasive adenocarcinoma