Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-39

Role of fine needle aspiration cytology in the diagnosis of bone tumours

1 Additional Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
2 Professor and Director of PG Studies, Dept. of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
3 Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
4 Assistant Professor of Pathology, BLDEA Medical College, Bijapur, India

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Muktha Ramesh Pai
Additional Professor of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Post Box No.53, Mangalore - 575001
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FNA was performed on 103 cases of bone lesions inclusive of 66(64.1%) primary lesions and 37(35.9%) metastatic deposits. Out of the 66 primary lesions, 60(58.3%) were diagnosed as malignant tumours; 42 out of the 60 had histopathologic examination of which 40 were confirmed. Thus the overall diagnostic accuracy of FNAC of primary malignant tumours was 95.2%. Giant cell tumours constituted the highest number (20.4%). The 37 metastatic tumours included primaries from various sites. Out of these histopathological examination was done in 12 and the diagnosis confirmed in 11 giving a diagnostic accuracy of 91.6% for FNAC of secondary tumours. Thus FNAC was found to be extremely useful in the preliminary diagnosis of bone lesions.

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