Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 171-174

Diagnostic possibilities of cytological specimens from the eye

1 Professor, Department of Pathology, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India
2 Post Graduate Student, Department of Pathology, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India
4 Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India

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Diagnostic cytopathology is becoming a more acceptable technique in the evaluation of the masses of the eye worldwide because it is rapid, accurate, cost effective and avoids the need of extensive surgery for diagnostic purpose. A total of seventy cytological specimens from the eye were reviewed and evaluated to assess its usefulness in our setting. The specimen consisted of fine needle aspirate, corneal scraping, conjunctival smear and vitreous washing. Twenty-six cases (37.14%) were found to be malignant in nature. Although the lesions covered age range of 0 to more than 70 years but the malignant lesions showed a bimodal age peak pattern. Histopathological examination was possible in twenty (76.92%) cases, with a positive correlation in 18 (96%) cases. The three most common lesions encountered were retinoblastoma (round cell tumour), lymphoma and carcinoma (primary, metastatic, undifferentiated, conjunctival and sebaceous). In conclusion it can be said that cytopathological evaluation is a valuable adjunct in the work up of lesions of the eye, providing very reliable diagnostic accuracy.

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