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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 159-161

FNAC a diagnostic modality in cysticercosis: Study of 148 cases with a brief review

Department of Pathology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Pooja Srivastava
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-0388.185447

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Aim: This study was done to analyze clinicopathological and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) findings of cysticercosis in a tertiary care center. Settings and Design: Retrospective data collected from April 2013 to December 2014 were analyzed. Materials and Methods: One hundred and forty-eight cases of suspected parasitic infection, who presented with soft tissue swelling, were analyzed. Results: Out of 148 cases 100 cases showed presence of parasitic fragments on FNA cytology (FNAC), while the rest 48 cases were reported as suggestive of parasitic infection. Conclusion: FNAC in cysticercosis is a low-cost, minimally invasive outpatient procedure. The cytological diagnosis is clear-cut in cases where the parasite structure is identified in the smears. In other cases, features suggestive of parasitic infection can help in indicating the possibility of the disease.

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