Cell Block a Forgotten Tool

Surgical biopsies have always been the mainstay for a precise diagnosis however fine needle aspiration is used as a safe, reliable and an alternative adjunct because of their minimally invasive technique and cost effectiveness. Smears prepared from these aspirates, may at times be inconclusive and difficult to interpret. Hence to make the best possible use of aspirate, smear should be combined with cell block preparation that in turn gives a better morphological and histological detail thus refining the diagnosis. However in the present scenario, cell block technique is still not considered to be a crucial step in the process of histological diagnosis. Here we present case report, where the cell blocks prepared from the aspirate turned out is an important step in diagnosis.


Shaloo Dahima, Padmaraj Hegde, Pushparaja Shetty

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