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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1989;23(4): 455-460.
Transthoracic Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology: Review of 213 cases.
Kyung Ja Cho, Na Hye Myong, Ja June Jang, Soo Yil Chin, Ki Hwan Kim, Hong Sik Byun, Duk Lim
1Department of Anatomical Pathology, Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
ABSTRACT
A total of 213 fine needle aspirations from pulmonary lesions in 193 patients performed from January, 1986 to March, 1989 were analyzed. The cytologic diagnoses were unsatisfactory in 10, negative in 60, atypical in 6, suspicious in 11 and malignant in 126 cases. The cytologic types of the malignant cases were 47 squamous cell carcinomas, 40 adenocarcinomas, 10 small cell carcinomas, 6 large cell carcinomas and 10 metastatic tumors. They were verified by the histologic confirmation in 31 cases and by the clinical data in the remainder. There were 5 false-negative cases and none was false-positive, representing 96% sensitivity and 100% specificity. Primary lung cancers were accurately typed in 73% of histologically confirmed case. Cell blocks, prepared in 99 cases, were helpful in tumor typing of 11 cases.
Key Words: Fine needle aspiration cytology; Pulmonary lesion