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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-62

Distinction of phyllodes tumor from fibroadenoma: Cytologists' perspective

Department of Pathology, Medical College, Kolkata, India

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Ranjana Bandyopadhyay
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.70739

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Background: Fibroadenomas and phyllodes tumors may have similar cytological appearances. However, a detailed study of cytomorphology of stromal elements may be helpful in differentiation. Aim: To evaluate the cytological features of phyllodes tumor in our study with special reference to features that can help distinguishing it from fibroadenoma. Materials and Methods: The archival materials of our hospital were searched from January 2006 to January 2009 for histopathologically-diagnosed cases of phyllodes tumor. The cases in which previous cytopathology smears were available were included in the study. The cytomorphology of 10 such cases were compared with 25 cytologically-diagnosed and histopathologically-confirmed cases of fibroadenoma. Results: The size, cellularity of stromal fragments, and the proportion of spindle cells in the background are important features in such differentiation.

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