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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 157-161

Squash smears - Rapid diagnostic tool for neurosurgical biopsies


1 Reader, Department of Pathology & Neurosurgery Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU., Aligarh, India
2 Professor, Department of Pathology & Neurosurgery Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU., Aligarh, India
3 Senior Resident, Department of Pathology & Neurosurgery Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU., Aligarh, India

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The present study was undertaken to determine the efficacy of squash smears in diagnosing brain lesions. Squash smears were prepared from 50 cases of intracranial space occupying lesions operated in the neurosurgical unit Astrocytoma was the commonest tumour (30%) followed by pituitary adenoma (14%) meningioma (12%) and oligodendroglioma(12%). There was one case eachof epidermal cyst, arachnoid cyst and neurilemmoma. A cytological diagnosis was made on these smears and later confirmed by histopathology. Correct cytological diagnosis was made in 86% cases. Cellular tumours with softer consistency yeilded better results as compared to tumours with more fibrous & vascular components. The diagnostic details of various tumours is discussed, and this method has proved to be fairly reliable in making rapid diagnosis.


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