Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-43

Pitfalls in diagnosis of salivary gland lesions by fine needle aspiration cytology

Department of Pathology, MC, Kolkata, India

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M G Mallick
Asst Prof., Dept of Pathology, Medical College, Kolkata 700 073
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Cytodiagnosis of salivary gland lesions is a challenging job to the cytopathologists due to varied cytomorphology. In our Institute, a total of 852 salivary gland lesions were cytodiagnosed in last 10 yrs of which 25.25% were cystic, 54.45% were inflammatory and 20.30% were neoplastic lesions. Total no of malignant lesions were 32 (3.87%). Out of 173 neoplastic lesions we failed to classify the lesion properly in 11 cases, where we missed either the neoplastic nature of the swelling or failed to differentiate a benign from a malignant tumour. Here we have discussed those 11 cases with review of slides, probable causes of error and measures to rectify.

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