Limited Tissue Biopsies and Hematolymphoid Neoplasms.

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OBJECTIVES: Use of fine-needle aspiration/needle core biopsy (FNA/CNB) in evaluating hematolymphoid processes has been debated. We investigate its applicability in various clinicopathologic settings. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 152 cases of FNA/CNB. RESULTS: Of 152 FNA/CNBs, 124 (81.6%) resulted in diagnoses without excisional biopsies, while 28 required subsequent excisional biopsies. Of these, 43 FNA/CNBs performed for suspected lymphoma relapse demonstrated 95.4% diagnostic rate (41/43), which was significantly better than those without history of lymphoma (77/109, 71%; odds ratio [OR], 8.5; confidence interval, 1.9-37.4). Patients with immunodeficiency also showed a high rate of diagnosis by FNA/CNB (100%). When stratified by types of disease, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma/high-grade B-cell lymphoma demonstrated a higher success rate (92.7%) than small B-cell lymphoma (79.2%), though the difference was not statistically significant (OR, 3.3; P value = .07). A subsequent excisional biopsy was required in 28 cases, 23 of which resulted in diagnoses concordant with the FNA/CNB. Five cases showed diagnostic discordance, reflecting pitfalls of FNA/CNB in unusual cases with complex pathology. CONCLUSIONS: FNA/CNB is practical in evaluating most hematolymphoid lesions, with high efficacy in recurrent disease and some primary neoplasms with homogeneous/ aggressive histology, or characteristic immunophenotype.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ingersoll, KF; Zhao, Y; Harrison, GP; Li, Y; Yang, L-H; Wang, E

Published Date

  • November 4, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 152 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 782 - 798

PubMed ID

  • 31365922

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-7722

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ajcp/aqz107


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England