Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 155-159

Fine needle aspiration cytology in lymphnode disorders with special reference to tuberculosis

1 Lecturer, Pathology, Government Medical College, Patiala, India
2 Sr. Lecturer, Medicine, Government Medical College, Patiala, India
3 Chief Medical Officer (Surgical), Civil Hospital, Mohali, India

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Kanchan Bhardwaj
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132 patients of clinically significant lymphadenopathy were subjected to fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). Maximum patients were from the pediatric age group (39%). Lymphnodes of the left side were involved in 54 cases (40%) followed by right side in 30 cases (22%). Tuberculosis was diagnosed in 54 cases (40%) followed by nonspecific reactive lymphadenitis which was diagnosed in 50 cases (37.8%). The acid fast bacilli (AFB) postivity in tubercular lymphadenitis was 33.33%. There was one false negative in this study. The overall accuracy of the procedure was 91.5%. FNAC is a safe, quick, reliable procedure with high diagnostic accuracy.

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