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Fine-needle aspiration cytology of metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
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PMID:  9740988     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Over a 32-month period at the University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, we were able to study the cytological appearance of metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) in 17 cases. This comprised 14 males and three females of which 13 were Chinese, three were Malay, and one was Indian. Their ages ranged from 27 to 64 years. Histological correlation was available in all the patients in the form of nasopharyngeal biopsies, and they were classified as per the World Health Organization classification into types I, II, and III NPC. Smears from type II NPC showed good cellularity with mainly clustered and occasionally dissociated cells, with focal columnar appearance, vesicular nuclei, prominent nucleoli, and variable amounts of cytoplasm. Clusters of malignant cell closely associated with lymphoid cells and dissociation of malignant cells were more characteristic of type III NPC. FNA cytology is now applied extensively to the diagnosis of head and neck tumours and knowledge of the cytomorphology of NPC would greatly aid in pinpointing the primary of this tumour which is notorious for presenting with early nodal metastasis.
G Jayaram; M Swain; V Khanijow; M A Jalaludin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diagnostic cytopathology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  8755-1039     ISO Abbreviation:  Diagn. Cytopathol.     Publication Date:  1998 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-05     Completed Date:  1998-11-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506895     Medline TA:  Diagn Cytopathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  168-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy, Needle
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / metabolism,  secondary*
Immunoenzyme Techniques
Keratins / metabolism
Lymphatic Metastasis / pathology
Middle Aged
Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / metabolism,  pathology*
Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
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Diagn Cytopathol. 1999 Sep;21(3):230-2   [PMID:  10450113 ]

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