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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-9

The Importance Of Prebronchoscopic Sputum, Bronchial Aspirate And Postbronchoscopic Sputum In The Diagnosis Of Lung Tumours

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M. K Goel

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The diagnostic yield of prebronchoscopic sputum, bronchial aspirate and postbronchoscopic sputum cytology was assessed in a total 60 proved cases of lung tumours. The prebronchoscopic sputum examination for malignant cells yielded an overall positivity in 11.66%, bronchial aspirate in 26.66% and postbronchoscopic sputum in 15.00% cases. One case was diagnosed solely by prebronchoscopic sputum, two cases solely by bronchial aspirate and one patient solely by postbronchoscopic sputum examination. In one patient, both bronchial aspirate and postbronchoscopic sputum were positive and forceps biopsy yielded negative results. Thus, these sampling techniques, although less sensitive, are complementary to each other and are likely to enhance the total diagnostic yield.

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