Nodular fasciitis - fine needle aspiration cytology diagnosis and its pitfalls, with review of literature

Padmapriya Jaiprakash, Balaji Radhakrishnan, Ranjini Kudva, Manna Valiathan, Seetharam Prasad

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Background and Objective: Nodular fasciitis (NF) is a self-limiting, transient neoplasm composed of fibroblasts and myofibroblasts. Since it regresses spontaneously, diagnosis by fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology plays a major role in its management. Methods: We present a series of 8 cases with either FNA or biopsy diagnosis of NF, and study the major cytological features with a review of literature on diagnostic criteria and its pitfalls. Results and Conclusion: The 8 cases occurred in patients between the age of 14 to 72 years, with equal sex distribution. FNA diagnosis concurred in 4 cases. Causes of wrong diagnosis included lack of clinical information and paucicellular smear. FNA cytology is an important tool in the diagnosis of nodular fasciitis, in appropriate clinico-radiological setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-82
Number of pages7
JournalIranian Journal of Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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