To show the usefulness of fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) in the diagnosis of cervicofacial masses in children.
Pediatric otolaryngology referral center; ambulatory and hospitalized patients.
Seventeen pediatric (age, <18 years) patients with cervicofacial masses.
Fine-needle aspiration biopsy.
Cytologic diagnosis, resolution of mass, and need for further surgical diagnosis or treatment.
Following FNAB, 10 patients underwent open surgery; in seven, the surgery was indicated based on FNAB diagnosis; in three, surgery provided diagnoses where FNAB was insufficient. Based on FNAB data, seven patients were observed without surgery.
Fine-needle aspiration biopsy is a useful early step in diagnosing cervicofacial masses in children.(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121:533-536)
Tunkel DE, Baroody FM, Sherman ME. Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Cervicofacial Masses in Children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121(5):533-536. doi:10.1001/archotol.1995.01890050029006