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July 1979

Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy: Its Use in Orbital Tumors

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology and Neurology (Dr Kennerdell), Laboratory of Cytopathology (Dr Dekker) and Division of Neuropathology and Ophthalmic Pathology (Dr Johnson), Department of Pathology, and Department of Radiology (Dr Dubois), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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.