Journal of Cytology
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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-66

Utility of fine needle aspiration cytology in lymphadenopathies

1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Pathology, Medical College, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 Research Associate, Institute of Pathology, New Delhi, India
3 Professor and Head, Dept. of Microbiology, Rohtak, Haryana, India

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K R Beena
Research Associate, Institute of Pathology, P.O. Box. 4909, Safdarjang Hospital Campus, New Delhi
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Lymphadenopathy is a sign of inflammation, infections or primary and secondary malignant lesions. Fine needie aspiration was done on a total of 1483 cases with lymphadenopathy. The patients ranged between 2 and 70 years of age. Largest number of aspirates were from the cervical nodes (78.7%). Granulomatous adentis comprised the most common lesion amongst others (38.5%). Non Hodgkin's lymphoma (62.5%) was the more often seen lymphoma and of the metastatic lesions, squamous cell carcinomas (37.2%) was seen commonly. Diagnostic accuracy of 94% was observed. Thus the above study stresses on the ease, simplicity, accuracy of the FNA technique in the management of lymphadenopathy, to differentiate inflammatory from neoplastic conditions, staging of lymphomas, for the diagnosis of relapse of diseases and in diagnosing metastatic diseases.

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