Journal of Cytology
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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-20

Role of FNAC in diagnosis of cutaneous malignancies

1 Pathologist, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad, India
2 Senior Pathologist, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad, India

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Jyotima Agarwal
Department of Pathology, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad - 211 002
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Fine needle aspiration (FNA) of clinically suspicious cutaneous nodules was carried out in 68 patients with or without any evidence of malignancy elsewhere. They comprised 4.24% of all malignant cytologies from various body sites. About half of all the nodules were metastases from distant primaries and about one third post therapy local recurrences of tumours, while direct extension from underlying tumours and primary cutaneous malignancies were relatively less common. The commonestsite of primary was lungs in males and cervix, breast followed by ovary in females. In three out of six cases with unknown primary tumour, cytology proved useful in suggesting the source of metastasis to be hepatocellular carcinoma, melanoma and mucin secreting adenocarcinoma of GIT. FNA was found to be extremely useful in the diagnosis and management of malignant cutaneous nodules when utilized in context of clinical and radiological findings, eliminating the need of a surgical biopsy.

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