Shaukat Hayat Khan*, Iffat Ara**, Anwar Ul Haque***, Zayad Afzal Kayani****
Departments of *Orthopaedic Surgery, ** Radiology, ***Pathology & ****Surgery Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences, AJK Medical College, AJK University Muzaffarabad.
Objectives: Study the role of fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) in diagnosis of musculoskeletal tumors and tumor like lesions.
Study Design: Descriptive cross sectional .
Place and Duration: Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences and Pathology department of AJKMC from July 2013-October 2014.
Materials and Methods: Twenty three patients who presented in orthopedic surgery outpatient with history of pain and swelling were examined along with radiological correlation. The fine needle aspirations were performed subsequently on a suitable site in the swelling. The smears were examined by a consultant pathologist with special interest in cytopathology.
Results: The adequate aspirates (22/23) contained well preserved individual as well as clusters of cells displaying the morphological features identical to the histopathological features making it possible to render definite diagnoses. The diagnoses represented broad spectrum of inflammatory, benign and malignant neoplastic lesions.
Conclusion: Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology of osseous and soft tissue lesions is quite accurate and rewarding as it may obviate unnecessary surgery in some cases and may help in planning the surgery in other cases.
Key words: Fine needle aspiration cytology, musculoskeletal tumors, tumor like lesions, soft tissue tumors.