Journal of Cytology
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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-19

FNAC in intrathoracic lesions

Departments of Pathology & Surgery, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad, India

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S C Gupta
Head Department of Pathology, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad - 211001
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One hundred and twenty four subjects with intrathoracic lesions were subjected to guided transthoracic FNAC in which 166 aspirations were carried out. The positivity of cellular yield was found to be 81.9%. The slides were stained with Haematoxylin and Eosin,. Papanicolaou and May-Grunwald-Giemsa stains. Results of FNAC were correlated with sputum cytology and histology. Of the 124 cases, 70 were primary malignancies, 10 metastatic, 16 inflammatory lesions, 10 benign neoplasms, 2 doubtful of malignancy and 16 had insufficient material for diagnosis. The overall diagnostic accuracy of FNAC and sputum cytology when compared with histology was 84% and 37.1% respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of the same was however, found to be 84%, 100% and 37.1 %, 100% respectively. Thus, FNAC has been found to be a good diagnostic tool especially when performed with guided techniques.

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