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January 1987

Fine Needle Aspiration for the Clinician

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USA Washington, DC

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(1):34-35. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060010040026

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Joseph A. Linsk and Sixten Franzen have written a book that conveys their belief that fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) can be a powerful clinical tool. This technique is gaining acceptance as a means of rapidly obtaining a tissue diagnosis in a variety of specialties, but only a few opthalmologists have used FNAB in their clinical practice. A number of questions concerning FNAB need to be answered before this technique can be considered part of the routine practice of ophthalmology. These include the following: (1) How is the procedure done? (2) How should the specimen be prepared? (3) When should the procedure be done? (4) How safe is the procedure? (5) When will the procedure provide the appropriate diagnosis or information needed? The strength of this book is in the handling of questions 1 and 2. For ophthalmologists, the handling of the last three questions is inadequate.

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