Shankar Lal Rathi.
Role of fine needle aspiration cytology in early diagnosis of Lymphadenopathy.
J Liaquat Uni Med Health Sci Jan ;3(1):11-3.

OBJECTIVE: To see the role of fine needle aspiration cytology in early diagnosis of lymphadenopathies in our setup. DESIGN: A descriptive study SETTING: Department of Pathology, Chandka Medical College, Larkana, Sindh from January 1998 to December 2001. METHODS: For this study, medical records of 233 patients, 127 males (54.4%) and 106 females (45.5%) were analyzed. RESULTS: Age of the patients ranged from 8 month to 70 years. The majority of lymph nodes aspirated were from cervical region. 117 (50.2%) cases were diagnosed as tuberculosis, 49 (21%) as reactive hyperplasia, 20 (8.5%) as matastatic tumor and 14 (0.6%) Hodgkin`s Lymphoma. In 10 cases smears were unsatisfactory either because of inadequate material or excessive blood. CONCLUSION: Our results indicate that infectious and reactive lymphadneopathies constitute a significant proportion of the findings in aspirates of enlarged lymph nodes. Tuberculosis is a major cause of lymphadenopathy followed by malignant tumors.

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