Shaik Ahmed Sheriff1, P. Adeppa2
Cervical lymphadenopathy is a common finding in day today surgical practice which poses a challenge to the clinician because clinical findings may not always help in arriving at a possible cause. Meticulous history taking and thorough clinical examination most of the times helps the clinician in diagnosis but for confirmation and planning management histological examination always helps. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology is emerging as a first line diagnostic tool in evaluating lymphadenopathy. The aim of this study was to identify various causes of cervical lymphadenopathy and to identify the distribution in various age groups and to compare clinical findings with pathological findings. This is a prospective study on Cervical Lymphadenopathy conducted on 130 patients in Department of General Surgery at Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital, Tirupati from September 2015 to October 2016.
MATERIALS AND METHODS This was a prospective study conducted in department of general surgery in Sri Venkateswara Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital, Tirupati from September 2015 to October 2016. A total of 130 patients were included in the study. Detailed history was taken and clinical examination was done, required investigations were done, Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology was done in all the cases. Results were analysed.
RESULTS Tuberculosis was the most common cause (42%) followed by non-specific lymphadenitis (25%). Women were more affected than men. Young adults in 18-30 years age group were more affected by TB whereas patients in age group 51-60 were affected with malignancy. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology was conclusive in 125 cases.
Tuberculosis is the most common cause followed by non-specific lymphadenitis, metastatic lymph nodes. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology is simple, quick and cheap investigative tool in cervical lymphadenitis evaluation