Journal of Cytology
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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-49

Role of fine needle aspiration cytology in disorders of lymph nodes

Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore - 575 001, India

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C V Raghuveer
Associate Dean, Professor and Director of Post Graduate Studies, Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore 575 001
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During a study period from October 1989 to July 1991, utility of FNAC was assessed in 197 patients with significant lymphadenopathy. In 156 patients aspiration yielded adequate material for cytological interpretation. Fifty five aspirates showed features of tuberculous lymphadenitis where diagnostic accuracy was 100% and sensitivity was 71.4%. In 68 cases malignancies were detected, of which 57 showed metastatic malignancy. Twelve cases were diagnosed as lymphoma and the sensitivity was only 66.6%. The remaining 33 cases were categorised as reactive hyperplasia with a diagnostic accuracy of only 58%.

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