Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 203-204

Cytological diagnosis of lepromatous leprosy: A report of two cases with review of literature

Department of Pathology, I.G.M.C., Shimla, India

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Anchana Gulati
"Prabhu Anugreh" Chhota Shimla, Shimla-171002
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.101178

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The "gold standard" for the diagnosis and classification of leprosy to date, is histological examination of skin biopsy in correlation with the bacteriological indices. These are, however, time-consuming. An attempt was made to diagnose leprosy using fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) which is a simple, safe, cost-effective and time-saving procedure with minimal trauma and complications. This case report highlights the role of FNAC in rapid diagnosis and early management, in patients of leprosy.

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