DIAGNOSTIC ACCURACY OF FINE-NEEDLE ASPIRATION CYTOLOGY IN WARTHIN TUMORS

Laura Veder, JDF Kerrebijn, Frank Smedts, Michael den Bakker

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Abstract

Background. Our aim was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) for Warthin tumors of the parotid gland. Methods. All cytologic diagnoses of Warthin tumor between 1990 and 2007 were correlated with available histology. In addition, our results were compared to current literature. Results. In 310 cases, Warthin tumor was diagnosed by FNAC. In 133 cases, (43%) both cytology and histology were available. In 127 of these 133 cases (95.5%), the diagnosis Warthin tumor was confirmed by histology. In 4 cases (3%), a benign lesion was diagnosed and 2 (1.5%) revealed a malignant lesion. On review, those cytologic diagnoses were not certain. In the literature, 11 missed malignancies (5.4%) in 202 cases were reported. Conclusion. The diagnostic accuracy of FNAC for the diagnosis of Warthin tumor is high and the percentage of missed malignant tumors is very low. Our results imply that a cytologic diagnosis of Warthin tumor may justify conservative treatment. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 32: 1635-1640, 2010
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Pages (from-to)1635-1640
Number of pages6
JournalHead & Neck-Journal for the Sciences and Specialties of the Head and Neck
Volume32
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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