Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 127-130

Fine needle aspiration cytology of a case of micropapillary variant of urothelial carcinoma of bladder

Department of Pathology, Medical College (VIMS), Bellary, Karnataka, India

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K N Divya
Department of Pathology, Medical College (VIMS), Bellary - 583 104, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.83472

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Neoplastic urothelium has the capacity to demonstrate enormous plasticity. A variety of unusual morphological variants of urothelial carcinoma have been described. Micropapillary variant of urothelial carcinoma is a rare and recently described bladder tumor, associated with poor prognosis. We present the cytological features of micropapillary urothelial carcinoma in a 65-year-old man with bladder mass. The cytological features include tightly cohesive clusters of micropapillary component admixed with urothelial carcinoma. Histopathological sections showed small nests of tumor cells residing within the lacunae. Establishing a diagnosis of micropapillary urothelial carcinoma indicates a high-grade and high-stage tumor with poor outcome, requiring an aggressive therapy. It is thus important for the cytopathologist to recognise micropapillary variant of urothelial carcinoma, for early and better management of patients with bladder tumor.

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