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Original Article

Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (Fnac) of Lymphnodal Swellings At a Tertiary Care Center- A One Year Prospective Study


Introduction:Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) is the first line of investigation in lymphadenopathy. It is simple, rapid, reliable, minimally invasive and cost effective procedure and done in outpatient setting.

Materials & methods

A Prospective study of 150 cases presenting for one year from May 2016 to April 2017. FNAC was performed using 22-24gauge needle. Slides were stained with hematoxylin & eosin, papanicolaou stain and with May- Grunwald Giemsa and Zeil-neelson stain when required.


Most common cytological diagnosis include Tuberculous lymphadenitis comprising 36%, followed by Reactive lymphadenitis 32.7%. Metastatic deposits were seen in 12.8%.


FNAC is a safe, feasible and dependable method for rapid cytodiagnosis during initial assessment of patients who presents with lymphadenopathy. It not only helps in ascertaining the future mode of treatment but also alleviates the anxiety of the patient and due to lack of complications with excellent results it forms a useful prime of investigation in the management of patient.

Lymph node, FNAC, Lymphadenopathy