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dc.contributor.authorAttard, Jason
dc.contributor.authorGalea, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorBetts, Alexandra
dc.identifier.citationMalta Medical Journal. 2015, Vol. 27(3), p. 16-21en_GB
dc.description.abstractFine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) of lymph nodes is a safe, easy, cheap and quick diagnostic tool, which involves the examination of a random sample of cells from a lymph node. To assess the distribution of diagnostic categories and the efficacy of lymph node fine needle aspiration cytology at our institution. These were compared to the literature. Methodology: All of lymph node FNAC cases taken between the 1st January 2012 and the 31st December 2013 were retrieved from our Laboratory Information System. A total of 300 cases were retrieved and then placed into one of six categories; Category 1: Non-diagnostic, 2: Reactive, 3: Probably reactive but lymphoma cannot be excluded, 4: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 5: Hodgkin lymphoma, and 6: Metastasis. These were then correlated with the histology of the lymph node excision specimens. The proportion of diagnoses placed under categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 represent 14%, 53%, 4.3%, 5.7%, 1.7% and 21.3% of the total respectively. The overall efficacy of FNAC showed a sensitivity of 84.5%, specificity of 99.3%, a false negative rate of 10%, a false positive rate of 0.7%, accuracy of 93.1%, positive predictive value of 98.8% and negative predictive value of 89.9%. FNAC of lymph nodes is a very useful and effective tool in triaging patients with lymphadenopathy.en_GB
dc.publisherMalta Medical Journalen_GB
dc.subjectLymph nodesen_GB
dc.subjectNeedle biopsyen_GB
dc.titleThe efficacy of lymph node fine needle aspiration cytologyen_GB
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