JEAN-MICHEL MOLINA, M.D.; ERIC OKSENHENDLER, M.D.; MARIE-THERESE DANIEL, M.D.; JEAN-PIERRE CLAUVEL, M.D.
To the editor: In their evaluation of fine-needle aspiration biopsies of lymph nodes in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related conditions, Bottles and colleagues (1) emphasize the usefulness of this method for diagnosing malignancy, Kaposi sarcoma, and mycobacterial infection. We report a case in which the diagnosis of disseminated cryptococcosis was made on the basis of a routine May-Grünwald-Giemsa-stained lymph node specimen from fine-needle aspiration biopsy.
A 33-year-old black patient from Angola had lost weight and had night sweats and fever. Physical examination showed cervical, nontender small lymph nodes (0.5 to 1 cm). Mild splenomegaly was present.
MOLINA J, OKSENHENDLER E, DANIEL M, CLAUVEL J. Fine-Needle Aspiration and Cryptococcosis in the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Ann Intern Med. ;108:772. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-5-772_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(5):772.
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