Pilomatrixoma in an infant: Diagnostic challenges of fine-needle aspiration

Kanyalakshmi Ayyanar, Sanjay R. Parikh, Mark J. Suhrland, Adam S. Levy

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Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is a wellrecognized minimally invasive tool in the diagnosis of neoplasia of various organ systems. Several reports in the literature suggest that FNAB can be an accurate method for the preoperative diagnosis and treatment planning. We describe a case to caution the interpretation from a FNAB that contains suboptimal contents (basaloid cells only) and highlight a clinical-pathologic-based algorithm that can provide the appropriate management for the patient when the cytopathologic diagnosis does not fit the clinical impression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-627
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2008


  • Cytology
  • Pilomatrixoma
  • Tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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