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The Korean Journal of Cytopathology 1995;6(2): 214-218.
Cytopathologic Features of Adenoid Cystic of Trachea Carcinoma: Report of 2 Cases.
Young Mee Cho, So Young Park, In Chul Lee
Department of Pathology, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine University of Ulsan, Korea.
Cytopathologic findings of two cases of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the trachea are reported. The carcinomas grew as a intratracheal mass. By bronchial washing, brushing and/ or post-bronchoscopic sputum cytology, large cohesive sheets, lobulated clusters, or three dimensional ball-like structures were obtained. They had numerous cyst-like spaces containing characteristic globular basophilic material. The tumor cells were uniform and had a small amount of cytoplasm. Nuclei were small and hyperchromatic. Nucleoli were occasionally observed. The cytological diagnosis was confirmed by bronchoscopic biopsies.
Key Words: Adenoid cystic carcinoma; Trachea; Bronchial brushing; Bronchial washing; Post-bronchoscopic sputum.