Introduction and Technical Aspects

Part of the Essentials in Cytopathology book series (EICP, volume 4)


Needle aspiration cytology has been in use for many decades and dates back at least to the early part of the nineteenth century. Sir James Paget is credited for aspirating malignant cells from a breast cancer patient in 1853. Much of the early experience of aspiration biopsy was not with “fine” needles but with larger bore cutting needles. The popularity of this simple procedure has largely been because of its cost effectiveness as well as the inherent qualities of the procedure itself: low complication rate, rapidity, and high diagnostic accuracy.


Technical Aspect Breast Lesion Myoepithelial Cell Gray Zone Direct Smear 
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