Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-39

Fine needle aspiration cytology of carotid body tumours - A report of two cases

1 Resident in Pathology, Command Hospital, Pune, India
2 Pathologist, Command Hospital, Pune, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
4 Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
5 Senior Adviser and HOD, Department of Pathology, Base Hospital, Delhi Cantonment, India

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U Basak
Department of Pathology, Command Hospital (SC), Pune - 411 040
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Two females in their mid forties presented with a left upper cervical swelling. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology of the mass was suggestive of carotid body tumour (CBT). FN A confirmed the diagnosis in one case in which it was suspected on clinically and radiological grounds. In the other case the diagnosis was suggested on FNA and subsequently confirmed on imaging and histology. The salient cytologic findings in the two cases were a bloody aspirate with poor to moderate cellularity. Round to oval cells were isolated and in syncitial clusters. The cell boundaries were indistinct and cytoplasm granular. Moderate anisonucleosis with scattered giant nuclei were seen. The FNA cytology smears were helpful in making a diagnosis of CBT in both the cases which was subsequently confirmed on histology of the resected tumours.

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