Abstract

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF FLUID CYTOLOGY WITH SMEAR AND CELL BLOCK PREPARATION

Author(s): Aruna Padmavathi1, B. V. Sai Prasad2, Anuradha B

BACKGROUND
Exfoliative cytology has got a key role in the diagnosis of variable pathological conditions. This technique is noninvasive and performed in the practice of cytopathology. The cell block technique now takes an intermediate position between histological and cytological techniques.
METHODS
A prospective study was done from October 2009 to October 2011 in the Department of Pathology.
RESULTS
Among 140 fluids, 12 were clinically diagnosed as malignant effusions out of which 11 were reported as positive for malignant cells and 1 case was negative. 12 cases were reported as positive for malignant cells in which they were clinically not diagnosed.
CONCLUSIONS
In the present study, increased diagnostic utility of 10% is noted in cell block method. The cell block technique not only increased the positive results but also helped to demonstrate better architectural patterns which could be of great help in approaching the correct diagnosis of the primary site.