Rapid cytological diagnosis of primary skin tumours and tumour-like conditions

Acta Dermato-venereologica
D DaskalopoulouS Markidou


This study presents the results of fine needle aspiration cytology performed on 1,263 skin lesions which were clinically suspicious for neoplasia. The purpose of the study was to investigate the accuracy of fine needle aspiration cytology for the diagnosis of skin tumours and to assess its clinical value. Twenty-one to 27 Gauge needles were used and the specimens were stained by a quick Giemsa stain. The cytological examination reported 826 primary malignant tumours and 437 benign lesions. Five hundred and thirteen of the cytologically malignant cases and 123 of the benign ones had a subsequent histological examination. The correlation between cytology and histology revealed 6 false positive cytological results and one false negative. Persuaded by our results, we believe that fine needle aspiration cytology can give highly reliable information concerning the histological type or primary skin tumours. It can also detect or exclude relapses of previously treated neoplasms. The procedure is non-traumatic, safe, quick, inexpensive and very well tolerated by the patients.

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Needle Biopsy Procedure
Dermatologic Disorders
Malignant Neoplasm of Skin

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