Relative efficacy of bone marrow trephine biopsy sections as compared to trephine imprints and aspiration smears in routine hematological practice.

N. Varma, S. Dash, R. Sarode, N. Marwaha

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Abstract

The relative efficacy of trephine sections, trephine imprints and aspiration smears in yielding diagnostic and additional information was compared in 767 sets of bone marrow samples. Trephine sections were diagnostic in significantly more cases as compared to trephine imprints and aspiration smears (P < 0.001). Additional information was obtained in 326 trephine sections which was not available from trephine imprints and aspiration smears. Significantly more number of trephine sections provided diagnosis in case of dry tap/scanty material, for assessment of lymphoma-tumour infiltration, cellularity, Perl's reaction, megakaryocyte density and proliferating cell lines in myeloproliferative disorders. Fibrosis of bone marrow, pattern of bone marrow involvement and topographical alterations were appreciable only on trephine sections. The differential counts done on trephine imprints and aspiration smears correlated well and cytomorphological characterisation of immature cells (blasts and promyelocytes) could be done on these two preparations. Although trephine sections provide maximum information, all three preparations were found complementing each other and should be evaluated simultaneously for complete bone marrow interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-226
Number of pages12
JournalIndian journal of pathology & microbiology
Volume36
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Microbiology (medical)

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