Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-39

Microfilariae in fine needle aspirates of soft tissue masses - A report of 2 cases

1 Asst. Professor of Pathology, KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, India
2 Additional Professor of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

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Filariasis, a tropical disease can masquerade as tumorous nodules in any part of the body. It can present unusually as collections of microfilariae in body fluids, thyroid, epididymis, breast and aspiration of soft tissue masses. Here we report 2 cases of asymptomatic filariasis presenting as subcutaneous masses. A 15 year old girl presented with a mass of 3 months duration in the left posterior axillary line. There were neither local signs of inflammation, nor any constitutional symptoms. Fine needle aspirate yielded innumerable coiled microfilariae. Our second case was a 30 year old female who noticed a gradually growing painless mass of 3.5 cm in diameter in the left posterior axillary line against 4th rib. FNA revealed abundant microfilariae, neutrophils, lymphocytes and granular debris. In both cases the collections of microfilariae obstructed the lymphatics which resulted in tumorous mass. There were no associated symptoms or eosinophilia.

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