Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Fine-needle aspirate

Synonym(s): FNA

Contributor(s): Laura Garrett

Introduction

  • Diagnosis of superficial masses and enlarged lymph nodes by cytologic evaluation.

Uses

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

Advantages

  • Simple.
  • Can be performed on conscious unsedated patient.
  • Often yields definitive diagnosis.

Disadvantages

  • Aspiration of intracavity masses may need to be guided by ultrasound, but can be done blindly on a palpable mass.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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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.


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