Fine needle aspiration cytology of cervical lymph nodes: Our experience

  • Aditi Dharmesh Vasavada Gotri Medical College, Vadodara.
  • Dimple Hardik Darad Gorti Medical College & Hospital
  • Dharmesh Girish Vasavada M P Dental College & Hospital & ORI
  • Hardik Darad Private Practisioner
Keywords: Head and Neck Swellings, Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology.


Background: Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) is simple, quick, inexpensive and minimally invasive technique used to diagnose different types of swellings located in the head and neck.Methods: A prospective study was performed in a tertiary health care centre from January 2016 to September 2016 in Vadodara, Gujarat. Fine Needle Aspiration Diagnosis was correlated with detail of relevant clinical findings and investigation.Results: In this study, total of 260 cases of suspected cervical lymphadneopathy were subjected to cytological evaluation. The lesions cases were broadly categorised as inflammatory lesions, cystic lesions, benign tumor & tumor like conditions, salivary gland lesions and malignant lesions. Out of these 260 cases, 184 cases were given the diagnosis of either inflammatory or benign conditions and rest 76 cases were diagnosed positive for malignancy. Out of 76 cases positive for malignancy, 65 cases gave the diagnosis of Squamous cell carcinoma metastasing to lymphnode.Conclusion: Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology is easy, simple, safe and non invasive procedure for diagnosis of head and neck swelling and easy way for surgeon whether to decide surgery or not. DOI: 10.21276/APALM.1197


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