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May 1980

Papanicolaou Cytology in the Diagnosis and Management of External Ocular Tumors

Author Affiliations

From the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Miami (Fla) School of Medicine.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(5):909-912. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030903020

•nicolaou smear cytology is a simple diagnostic procedure for the evalevaluatiouationment of external ocularsions. A variety of benign and neoplastic lesions are examined for correlationclinical, cytolhistologic impressions. Accurate correlation in 38 of 41 eyes substantiates the reliability of Papanicolaou smear cytology to differentiategn from neoplastic ocular lesions. Cytology proved useful in the preoperative evaluation of squamous cell carcinoma and related tumors of the conjunctiva,gnant melanoma of the conjunctiva. Cytology also was valuable in the detection of tumor recurrence in squamous cell carcinoma and carcinomain-situ conjunctiva, and in Meibomian gland carcinoma of the eyelid. The accessibility of ocular tumors makes them particularly well suited for cytologic examination.

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