Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-32

Comparative evaluation of aspiration cytology and peroperative imprint cytology in breast lesions

1 Professor & Head Pathology, Govt. Medical College, Patiala, India
2 Patholoaist Civil Hospital, Fazilka, India
3 Professor & Head, Pathology, Govt. Medical College, Amritsar, India

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Manjit Singh Bal
Professor & Head Pathology, Govt. Medical College, Patiala
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Aspiration cytology & imprint cytology have been comparatively evaluated in 50 cases of breast lumps with that of histopathological examination. In imprint cytology criteria for differentiating benign from malignant lesions were cellularity, cell size, pleomorphisim, N:C ratio, nucleolus, mitotic activity and smear background. Most of the patients presented with lump in the upper & outer quadrant of right breast. The accuracy rate of aspiration cytology was 94% and imprint cytology was 96% in this study. Aspiration cytology alone is not conclusive in many cases. It is beneficial if aspiration cytology is combined with imprint cytology especially in clinically doubtful cases or in cases with inconclusive aspiration reports, to reach 100% accuracy.

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