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Fine needle aspiration biopsy and the otolaryngologist

  • Janet A. Wilson (a1), Margaret A. McIntyre (a2), N. P. von Haacke (a1) and A. G. D. Maran (a1)


A survey of the diagnostic value of fine needle aspiration cytology in ENT practice was carried out over a 3-year period. The 119 aspirates were taken from a variety of head and neck sites and examined by an experienced cytopathologist. Cytology was accurate in 111 (93 per cent), with two false negative aspirates (1.7 per cent) and no false positive results. There were no complications and the technique was found to be a rapid, safe and cost-effective diagnostic tool.


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Dr. Janet A. Wilson, Department of Otolaryngology, Level 4, Phase 1, The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, EH3 9YW.


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