Fine-needle aspiration biopsy in parotid masses.

A. Bono, F. Chiesa, L. Sala, A. Azzarelli, S. Pilotti, S. Di Pietro

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Seventy-nine cases of parotid masses were punctured by fine needle for cytologic examination and subsequently operated on. Of the material obtained, conventional smears, as well as formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded histologic sections were prepared. The two procedures detected 16 malignant tumors and 63 nonmalignant lesions, with a high sensitivity (86%) and absolute specificity (100%). These data confirm the validity of this combined method and favor the complementary use of the two procedures, which improves the accuracy (80%) of preoperative diagnosis and histologic typing of parotid tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-421
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 31 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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