Role of cytology in evaluation of infectious lesions of skin: A Cyto- histopathological correlation.

Pooja Chauhan, Neelam Gupta, Kavita Mardi, Sandhya Chauhan, Shivani Sood, Anita Negi


Aim: To evaluate the efficacy and diagnostic accuracy of various cytological techniques in evaluation of infectious lesions of skin.

Materials and methods: Fine needle aspiration and slit skin of lesions with clinical suspicion of infectious lesions of skin were done. Giemsa stainining of cytology smears. Biopsy of lesions where possible. 

Result: 34 patients (indoor/outdoor) with clinical diagnosis of infectious skin lesions were subjected to cytological examination and biopsy was done in 32 of these cases. Aspiration was inadequate in 8 cases.

Conclusion: Cytological examination is a very simple and useful modality, requires minimum equipments and can be performed in outpatient clinic. The procedure is safe, free from complications and is well tolerated by patients.


cytology, infectious lesion, skin

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