Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-47

A critical evaluation of cytological preparation by different techniques : A semiquantitative and statistical analysis

1 Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, India
3 Junior Resident, Department of Pathology, BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, India
4 Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, India

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R K Mishra
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur - 273 013, U.P
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Rapid diagnosis was made on 51 breast lumps by imprint, fine needle aspiration (FNA), non aspiration (NA) and aspirate centrifugation methods in sequence and the results compared with those obtained by paraffin histopathology - Quality of smears obtained by different cytological techniques were compared by using a point scoring system, described by Mair et al. It was found that blood contamination was least in NA than all other cytological techniques but amout of cellular material obtained was higher with FNA & imprint. Regarding the other features like amount of cellular degeneration, cellular trauma & maintenance of architecture, no significant difference was observed. It was observed that diagnostic accuracy was more in imprint followed by FNA. Quality of smear was good in NA, followed by imprint. The aspirate centrifugation results were poor in quality as well as in diagnostic accuracy.

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