Journal of Cytology
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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-37

Pitfalls in fine needle aspiration cytology of radiolucent lesions of jaw

Cytology Section, Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, Shahdara, Delhi -110 095, India

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Arati Bhatia
Cytology Section, Dept. of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, Shahdara, Delhi -110 095
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Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) was done in My one cases with radiolucent lesions of the jaw. In forty five patients the aspirates were adequate fora diagnosis. Histologic correlation was done in 24 cases. There were eleven inflammatory, six benign cysts, five central giant cell lesions, eleven benign and twelve malignant tumors. The overall accuracy was 97.7 percent. There was no false positive but one false negative diagnosis. An ameloblastoma diagnosed on cytology was classified as malignant on histopathology. This study documents that cytomorphology can characterise a wide range of histologically described lesions. FNAC is of particular value in inflammatory lesions like actinomycosis. Reaspiration of cystic lesions especially in the presence of differing clinico-radiologic features improves accuracy. The diagnosis on FNAC is quick; accurate and enables the surgeon to operate on the patient if necessary, as a one-step-procedure.

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