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May 1995

Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Cervicofacial Masses in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (Drs Tunkel and Baroody) and the Division of Cytopathology, Department of Pathology (Dr Sherman), The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Md.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121(5):533-536. doi:10.1001/archotol.1995.01890050029006

Objective:  To show the usefulness of fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) in the diagnosis of cervicofacial masses in children.

Design:  Case series.

Setting:  Pediatric otolaryngology referral center; ambulatory and hospitalized patients.

Patients:  Seventeen pediatric (age, <18 years) patients with cervicofacial masses.

Intervention:  Fine-needle aspiration biopsy.

Outcome Measures:  Cytologic diagnosis, resolution of mass, and need for further surgical diagnosis or treatment.

Results:  Following FNAB, 10 patients underwent open surgery; in seven, the surgery was indicated based on FNAB diagnosis; in three, surgery provided diagnoses where FNAB was insufficient. Based on FNAB data, seven patients were observed without surgery.

Conclusions:  Fine-needle aspiration biopsy is a useful early step in diagnosing cervicofacial masses in children.(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995;121:533-536)

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