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July 1979

Fine-Needle Aspiration BiopsyIts Use in Orbital Tumors

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(7):1315-1317. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020057013

• Fifteen orbital tumors have been evaluated with the fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) technique. The best indication for FNAB is supposed malignant orbital disease. The technique has not been helpful in tumors or inflammatory disease with a high fibrous content. Lesions that are suspected of being pseudotumors are not recommended for FNAB since, even in histologic sections, they are notoriously difficult to distinguish from well-differentiated lymphocytic malignant lymphoma. Benign encapsulated tumors should not be subjected to FNAB.