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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 161-164

Ameloblastoma: Cytopathologic profile of 12 cases and literature review


1 Department of Oral Pathology, School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, KLE, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Periodontology, School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Vidyadevi Chandavarkar
Department of Oral Pathology, School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.145652

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Background: Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) has been used as a diagnostic tool in evaluating suspected lesions. It shows a high diagnostic accuracy for diagnosing salivary gland lesions. Aim: The aim of this study was to highlight FNAC as an effective diagnostic tool in the presumptive diagnosis of ameloblastoma. Materials and Methods: A total of 12 cases of ameloblastoma sampled by FNAC retrieved from the archives of the Oral Pathology Department were retrospectively studied. The smears were alcohol-fixed and stained with hematoxylin and eosin. All the 12 cases of FNAC had subsequent corresponding surgical incisional biopsy or excision specimens. Results: Cytologically, seven cases were diagnosed as benign odontogenic tumor more in favor of ameloblastoma. All the 12 fine-needle aspiration cases were given a histopathologic work-up and diagnosed as ameloblastomas. Of these, the seven cytologically diagnosed benign odontogenic lesions were also confirmed to be ameloblastoma by both incisional biopsy as well as surgical excision. Conclusion: It was deduced from the above results that FNAC helps potentially in diagnosing ameloblastoma.


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