Fine needle aspiration cytology in superficial lymph nodes: An analysis of 266 cases

G. Martelli, S. Pilotti, P. Lepera, D. Piromalli, A. Bono, S. Di Pietro, E. Galante

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Abstract

The results of fine needle aspiration cytology of superficial lymph nodes in 275 patients are discussed. Nine cases were lost to follow-up. Of the remaining 266 aspirates, 152 were classified as cytologically malignant, 79 as benign, three as suspicious for malignancy, and 32 as unsatisfactory owing to scanty cellularity. The sensitivity of cytology for metastatic cancer was 96.5%. The results of aspiration biopsy from lymphomas were less accurate (67.5% sensitivity). There were no false positives and nine (11.3%) false negatives. Open biopsy of three suspect lymph nodes proved them to be malignant. The aspiration procedure is easy, safe and reliable. The diagnosis of benignity cannot, however, be determined without an open biopsy, particularly for lymphomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-16
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery

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    Martelli, G., Pilotti, S., Lepera, P., Piromalli, D., Bono, A., Di Pietro, S., & Galante, E. (1989). Fine needle aspiration cytology in superficial lymph nodes: An analysis of 266 cases. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 15(1), 13-16.