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Correspondence and Brief Communications
July 1, 2007

Why Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology Is Not an Adequate Diagnostic Method for Liver Hydatid Cyst

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Arch Surg. 2007;142(7):690. doi:10.1001/archsurg.142.7.690-a

Safioleas et al1 reported interesting data in assessing different surgical procedures to treat liver hydatid disease. The authors collected data on 287 patients between 1977 and 2004. They discussed the diagnosis management for liver hydatid cyst (LHC). They mentioned that fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is a useful tool for diagnosis. They justified their opinion according to 3 articles, but they did use FNAC for their patients.24

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