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Exfoliative Pulmonary Cytology-

Features of Metastatic Carcinoma

Dr Sampurna Roy MD

 

                                                                                                                      

 

 

Image1: Sputum- Metastatic adenocarcinoma

Image2: Sputum- Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma

1. A full history is essential.

2. The background is often clean.

3. Adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma metastases may be indistinguishable from a new primary lung tumor.

4. Comparison with the original primary tumor histology or cytology may help.

5. A few tumors have characteristic morphology.  Example: melanoma, lobular carcinoma of breast.

6. Special stains are helpful in some cases 

 

Further reading:

Exfoliative sputum cytology of cancers metastatic to the lung.

Two cases of metastatic lung cancer examined by bronchoscopic cytology

Metastatic metaplastic carcinoma of the breast: diagnosis by bronchial brush cytology.

Diagnostic value of fiberoptic bronchoscopy in metastatic pulmonary tumors.

Sputum cytology of metastatic carcinoma of the lung.

 

 

Dr Sampurna Roy  MD

Consultant  Histopathologist (Kolkata - India)

 


 

 

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