Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21-24

Cytologic spectrum seen in fine needle aspirates from thyroqlossal cysts

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Ocular Pathology, RP Centre, New Delhi, India
2 Professor & Incharge, Cytopathology Laboratory, Department of Pathology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
3 Professor & Head, Department of Pathology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Seema Kashyap
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This study was conducted to study the cytomorphological features of thyrogiossai cysts on fine needle aspirates. 84 cases were studied over a period of eleven years from 1982-1992. The histopathological slides were available in 14 cases only and the morphological features were evaluated in these cases. Squamous cells were seen in 71 cases (87.65%) whereas mucus secreting columnar cells and ciliated columnar cells were seen in 23.4% and 12.3% cases respectively. Follicular cells and colloid were seen infrequently in 8.6% and 9.8% cases respectively. Cholesterol crystals were observed in 7.4% cases only. Thus, the cytological diagnosis of thyrogiossai cysts can be difficult when thyroid follicles and colloid are not seen. However, in the proper clinical setting a cytologic diagnosis of thyrogiossai cyst should be considered when ciliated/mucus secreting columnar cells are seen along with squamous cells.

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