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title:Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology in Non-Thyroidal Head and Neck Masses-A Descriptive Study in Tertiary Care Hospital

Author:Vasudha M Bhagat, Hemali J Tailor, Peeyush K Saini, Reena B Dudhat, Gopal R Makawana, Ravi M Unjiya

Keywords:Fine needle aspiration, Head and neck region, Lymph node, Salivary Gland, Tuberculosis

Type:Original Article

Abstract:Background: Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) of broad and highly sensitive head and neck region is particularly suitable for confirming non-neoplastic and metastatic lesions as it can prevent a surgical process and anaesthetic conditions and can provide a suitable guidance for conservative management. Aim and objective: To access the role of FNAC in diagnosing various head and neck swellings. Material and methods: This retrospective study was done in a tertiary care hospital from 1/1/2012 to 31/12/2012 in patients having swelling in head and neck region. Total 701 cases were evaluated in the cytopathology section and aspiration was done using 10ml syringe and 22-23 gauge needles. Results: Cytodiagnostic yield was 90% while in only 10% cases, no diagnosis was given. Lymph node lesions were most common with granulomatous/ tuberculous lesions being the commonest variety. In salivary gland lesions, neoplastic lesions (benign: Pleomorphic adenoma) were commonest. Other common lesions were squamous cell carcinomas and lipomas as common malignant and benign tumours respectively. Conclusion: FNAC provides a reliable, cost effective, convenient, easily accessible and non-traumatic method as the best initial work up and management of swellings of sensitive head and neck region.

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