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Year : 1986  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 107-111

Multiple Cytologic Study Of Lung Cancer With Histopathologic Correlation



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Sixty six patients, clinico-radiologically suspected to be having lung cancer were subjected to rigid bronchoscopic examination. Bronchial washings, brushings, punch biopsy (whenever possible), pleural fluid (if there was effusion) and post-bronchoscopic sputa (2-4 samples) were collected. The positive diagnosis of lung cancer by single specimen examination like sputum, washing, brushing, pleural fluid and biopsy was 57.6%, 33.3%, 56.1%, 4.5% and 35.2% respectively. Multiple cytologic study raises the detection to 68.2%. When cytology was combined with histopathology the positivity rate went up to 72.7% in bronchoscopically visible tumours cytology and histopathology studies in combination yield 91.4% positive disgnosis.


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