Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 185-188

Role of FNAC in diagnosis of paediatric head and neck neoplasms

1 Demonstrator, Department of Pathology, Medical College, Kolkata, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Medical College, Kolkata, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, NBMC & H, Siliguri, India
4 Lecturer, Department of Pathology, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Kolkata, India
5 Professor, Department of Pathology, Medical College, Kolkata, India
6 Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Medical College, Kolkata, India

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Head and neck masses in children are common but the spectrum of pathology differs from that in adults. In children the lesions are related to congenital anomalies, inflammation etc are commoner than the primary malignancies unlike that in adults. Primary malignant tumors of head and neck account for about 5% of all neoplasms occurring in children. Suspicious or long standing masses are referred to the otolaryngologist who faces the dilemma of deciding which one requires surgical intervention. It is also very important to exclude the inflammatory masses from the neoplastic ones, as they are often cured by conservative treatment only. Role of FNAC is very important because early diagnosis can be given segregating the masses allowing more rational planning of treatment.

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