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INTRAOPERATIVE IMPRINT CYTOLOGY ‎

Nezar A. Al-Mahfooz*, Jasim M. Al-Diab@ and Rafid Abdul-Jabbar ‎Mohammed#‎

Basrah Journal of Surgery مجلة البصرة الجراحية
ISSN: 16833589 Year: 2004 Volume: 10 Issue: 2 Pages: 26-29
Publisher: Basrah University جامعة البصرة

Abstract

A prospective study was conducted on 60 specimens; 33 breast lumps and 27 lymph nodes, to assess the value of ‎intraoperative imprint cytology as an aid in surgical decision especially in the absence of the facility of frozen ‎section examination. Imprint cytological examinations were done intraoperatively by a single pathologist. The ‎results were ready after a period of 15-25 minutes. In all 60 specimens, 50 (83%) were correctly diagnosed, 8 were ‎diagnosed as suspicious of malignancy and 2 were misdiagnosed.‎The sensitivity was 97%, the specificity was 94.4% and the accuracy rate was 96.1%. We concluded that imprint ‎cytology is a very simple technique and it remains a useful and cost effective tool, can aid in the surgical decision.‎