Fine needle aspiration cytology versus fine needle sampling without aspiration a prospective study of 200 cases

C. V. Raghuveer, I. Leekha, M. R. Pai, P. Adhikari

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In the present prospective study of 200 patients with superficial swelling of various sites, FNS followed by FNA were performed. Fifteen cases were excluded due to inadequate material. In the 80 lymph node cases, FNS was diagnostic in 85% cases as compared to FNA in 87.5%. The diagnostic accuracy was higher for FNA (87.5%) than for FNS (81.25%). However FNS smears were much superior qualitatively than FNA smears and for the diagnosis of malignant conditions FNS was found to be much better. Regarding the 68 thyroid swellings, FNS obtained a diagnosis in 82.4% cases while FNA got it in 77.9%. The diagnostic accuracy with FNS (89%) was much better compared to FNA (75%). Of the 27 breast cases FNS yielded diagnostic material in 70.38% cases while FNA was diagnostic in 85.19%, thus establishing definite superiority. However FNS seemed to be better for diagnosing malignant lesions while FNA appeared better for diagnosing benign ones. In the 5 salivary gland lesions and 5 miscellaneous lesions both FNS and FNA fared equally well. On the whole FNS technique was much more patient friendly and gave high class "text book" quality smears while FNA smears gave quantitatively more adequate material. Both the techniques therefore would be complementary to each other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-439
Number of pages9
JournalIndian Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2002
Externally publishedYes


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  • Medicine(all)

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