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September 1978

Cervicofacial Actinomycosis: Rapid Diagnosis by Thin-Needle Aspiration

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology (Drs Pollock and Koontz) and Otolaryngology (Drs Viner and Krause), University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City, the Department of Pathology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia (Dr Meyers), and the Department of Pathology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (Dr Valincenti). Dr Pollock is now with the Department of Pathology, Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn. Dr Krause is now with the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor. Dr Meyers is now with the Department of Pathology, Sacred Heart Hospital, Eugene, Ore.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(9):491-494. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790090009002

• Thin-needle aspiration cytology is a well-known minimally invasive technique that is used in the diagnosis of neoplastic disease. The same biopsy technique provides a means for immediate identification of actinomycosis. Aspiration specimens may be used for morphologic studies, as well as for microbiologic isolation. The diagnostic histologic feature of sulfur granules remains intact with this cytologic aspiration technique. This technique is a safe, simple, and rapid means of diagnosing actinomycosis and appears to have value in the diagnosis of other infectious diseases as well.

(Arch Otolaryngol 104:491-494, 1978)

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