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Utilisation of fine needle aspiration cytology and biopsy in Sokoto, Nigeria: A five-year review

Kabir Abdullahi, Mohammed Umar, Saddiku M. Sahabi
African Journal of Laboratory Medicine | Vol 8, No 1 | a809 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajlm.v8i1.809 | © 2019 Kabiru Abdullahi, Mohammed Umar, Saddiku M. Sahabi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 April 2018 | Published: 30 May 2019

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Kabir Abdullahi, Department of Morbid Anatomy & Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria; and, Department of Histopathology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
Mohammed Umar, Department of Morbid Anatomy & Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria; and, Department of Histopathology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
Saddiku M. Sahabi, Department of Morbid Anatomy & Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria; and, Department of Histopathology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria


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Abstract

The histopathology department of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria, conducted a total of 1435 fine needle aspiration biopsies from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2015, constituting 30% of cytology specimens received. The most common site for the procedure was the breast (655 cases, 45.6%), and 893 cases (63.3%) were neoplastic lesions. Even in resource-poor settings, this underutilised procedure is useful for patient management.

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fine needle; aspirate; cytology

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