Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) of paragangliomas of head and neck

  • Asitava Mondal
Short Communication


Eight cases of paragangliomas of head and neck were diagnosed by fine needle aspiration cytology from January, 1984 till January, 1992. The age of the patients ranged from 18 years to 38 years. The patients presented with painless slowly growing cervical masses. Routine investigations did not give any clue to the diagnosis. The diagnostic cytologic features were loose clusters of cells separated by bands of connective tissue strands. The large cells have pleomorphic nuclei with abundant pale, eosinophilic, finely reticular cytoplasm. The histopathological findings correlated with the cytological findings. Extreme paucity of Indian literature in FNAC of paragangliomas prompted to publish this article.


Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology Paragangliomas Chief Cell Carotid Body Tumour Cytologic Smear 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asitava Mondal
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  1. 1.S.V.S Marwari Hospital and Cancer Detection CentreCalcutta

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