The utility of transbronchial (Wang) fine needle aspiration in lung cancer diagnosis

M. T. Siddiqui, M. H. Saboorian, S. T. Gokaslan, G. Lindberg, R. Ashfaq

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Abstract

We evaluated our experience with transbronchial fine needle aspiration (TBNA) in cancer diagnosis over a period of 1 year. A total of 51 aspirates were performed by specialist chest physicians in the presence of a cytopathologist who made on spot evaluation of Diff-Quik smears for adequacy and guided the aspirator for additional sampling if necessary. Two clusters of at least 10 malignant cells were required on the Diff-Quik smears to render an on the spot positive diagnosis of malignancy. Aspirates showing atypical cells or few malignant cells not fulfilling the above criteria were placed in a suspicious category and additional material was requested. The TBNA results were correlated with the transbronchial biopsy when available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-14
Number of pages8
JournalCytopathology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 21 2001

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Keywords

  • Endobronchial neoplasms
  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Wang procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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Siddiqui, M. T., Saboorian, M. H., Gokaslan, S. T., Lindberg, G., & Ashfaq, R. (2001). The utility of transbronchial (Wang) fine needle aspiration in lung cancer diagnosis. Cytopathology, 12(1), 7-14. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2303.2001.00287.x