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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 119-122

Cytodiagnosis of lipomatous tumours


1 Reader, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
2 Senior Resident, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
3 Lecturer, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
4 Post Graduate, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

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The varied cellular morphology seen in lipomatous tumours makes their diagnosis on cytology a difficult task. We studied 77 cases of tumours of adipose tissue, utilizing aspiration smears, imprint smears and tissue sections for cytohistological correlation. The aim was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of fine needle aspiration cytology and imprint cytology in lipomatous tumours and the features necessary for differentiation from other lesions. The results showed 96% rate of accuracy on aspiration cytology, in contrast to only 39% on imprint smears. The presence of atypical lipoblasts was the single most diagnostic criterion for a malignant adipose tissue tumour. Diagnosis of lipomatous lesions should be made after obtaining the findings of the clinical examination and ancillary investigations.


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