Encyclopedia of Cancer

2011 Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-16483-5_2193

Definition

FNAC; A simple, inexpensive, and well-tolerated method that consists in the aspiration of cells present using a fine needle. Smears, containing cells, are prepared immediately and microscopically examined by a cytopathologist. This method has a high sensitivity and a high specificity.

 Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy

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