Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-90

Retrospective study of hepatic and retroperitoneal masses

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Govt. Medical College, Mysore, India
2 PG Student, Department of Pathology, Govt. Medical College, Mysore, India
3 Professor, Department of Pathology, Govt. Medical College, Mysore, India

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Trans-peritoneal percutaneous ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration has revolutionised the evaluation of hepatic and retroperitoneal lesions which were formerly followed invariably by biopsy/exploratory laparotomy. The present study involves 77 cases of hepatic/retroperitoneal masses evaluated by ultrasound- guided FNAC of which, 65 cases had adequate material for cytodiagnosis. Correlation by either cell block study or histopathological examination of biopsy done following FNAC was available in 59 cases and these contributed to the calculation of various indices. Our study showed a sensitivity of 88.67% and specificity of 100%. There was no false positive diagnosis for malignancy in the study. False negative diagnosis for malignancy was encountered in 6 cases (92%). The high diagnostic accuracy of 90.76% observed in our study upholds the unquestionable value of guided FNAC as a mandatory diagnostic procedure in the assessment of hepatic and retroperitoneal masses.

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