SAMUEL R. NEWCOM, M.D.
To the editor: Bottles and associates (1) report the convenient use of fine-needle aspiration as a first step in the evaluation of lymphadenopathy in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) clinic at San Francisco General hospital. For carefully selected AIDS patients, we have used this approach in our hospital as well.
I wish to take issue with one point, the use of the term biopsy to describe this preparation. The term biopsy should be restricted to describe the removal of tissue, that is, a collection of similar cells and their intercellular substances. A needle aspirate, by definition, disrupts tissue and frequently
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
NEWCOM SR. Cytology or Biopsy. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:639. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-639_1
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):639.
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only