Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-51

Hepatoblastoma with extremely high serum alpha-fetoprotein - A case report

1 Assistant Professor, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok - 737 102, India
2 Professor and Director of PG Studies, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore - 575 001, India

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M D Shahabuddin
Assistant Professor, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok - 737 102
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The cytologic features of a case of hepatoblastoma diagnosed on fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology in a three year old child are described. FNA was carried out on a large, firm abdominal mass, without any complications. The characteristic cytologic features were three dimensional clusters, acinar formations and rosette-like structures formed by. the tumour cells. Rosette-like structures were prominent and distinctly evident in all the smears. Although FNA offers a safe and accurate method of diagnosis, yet, in inoperable cases, elevated levels of serum alpha-protein provides supportive evidence as was noted in the present case.

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