Journal of Cytology
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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-24

Cytology of cystic breast lesions

1 Departments of Pathology, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, 403 202, India
2 Departments of Surgery, Goa Medical College, Bambolim, Goa, 403 202, India

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1352 FNACs and nipple discharge smears of the breast were performed in females from Jan 1990 to May 1995. Of these, 92 yielded fluid on F NAC, there were 40 breast cysts, 34 inflammatory lesions, 16 galactoceles, and 2 malignancies. Ninety one cases were situated in the breast proper and 1 case was in the axillary tail. The color of the fluids varied from amber, greenish, purulent, milky and serosanguineous to bloody. Out of 42 breast cysts (inflammatory lesions and galactocele excluded), nipple discharge was seen in 2 cases. There were 2 malignant cystic breast lesions, an infiltrating duct carcinoma and primary Squamous cell carcinoma both of which showed bloody to serosanguineous fluid on FNAC and residual mass persisted after repeated aspirations.

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