Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Fine-needle aspirate

Synonym(s): FNA

Contributor(s): William Brewer Jr

Introduction

  • Provides cells from skin or internal organs for microscopic examination.
  • Aid in diagnosis of etiology of superficial masses and enlarged lymph nodes by cytologic evaluation.

Uses

  • Diagnosis of lymphadenopathy.
  • Evaluation of superficial masses.
  • Evaluation of intracavity masses.

Advantages

  • Rapid method of diagnosis.
  • Simple - requires minimal equipment.
  • Can be performed on conscious unsedated patient.
  • Often yields definitive diagnosis.

Disadvantages

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • McCullough S, Brinson J (1999) Collection and interpretation of respiratory cytology. Clin Tech Small Anim Pract 14 (4), 220-6 PubMed.
  • Valli V E O (1988) Techniques in veterinary cytopathology. Sem Vet Med Surg 3 (2), 85-93 PubMed.


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