Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Pelvic and Periaortic Lymph Nodes in the Evaluation of Neoplastic Disease
Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) has gained acceptance as a valid method of diagnosing malignant disease. The technique can be easily and accurately used at numerous body sites. Transabdominal needle aspiration biopsy of virtually any intra-abdominal or retroperitoneal tissue can now be readily carried out utilising one of several imaging techniques to localise the lesion and guide placement of the needle. Use of the technique for the evaluation of lymph node pathology has been reported from a number of centres [1–5]. An earlier study from this laboratory attested to the value of FNAB in combination with lymphography in the evaluation of retroperitoneal lymph nodes for possible metastases. Since then our experience has expanded to include a much larger number of cases, in many of which ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) scanning rather than lymphography was used to guide the needle aspiration biopsy.
KeywordsLymphoma Adenocarcinoma Sarcoma Seminoma Phoma
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