SAMUEL R. NEWCOM, M.D.
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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
NEWCOM SR. Cytology or Biopsy. Ann Intern Med. ;108:639. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-4-639_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(4):639.
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