Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 142-145

Fine needle aspiration cytology of Gouty Tophi with review of literature

Department of Pathology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

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C Agarwal
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.41906

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Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is a valuable diagnostic tool and is replacing biopsy for the diagnosis of periarticular nodules. We present a case of fifty year old male with multiple soft tissue nodules in feet without any clinical and radiological features of arthritis. Fine needle aspiration revealed negatively birefringent needle shaped crystals consistent with monosodium urate crystals in amorphous granular debris. Diagnosis of gouty tophi was given. On follow up serum uric acid levels were found to be high and a diagnosis of gout was established. FNAC is a valuable diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of periarticular nodules and pathologists should be aware of cytological features of gouty tophi, particularly in cases of unusual presentation.

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