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Indian Journal of Surgery
Medknow Publications on behalf of Association of Surgeons of India
ISSN: 0972-2068
Vol. 68, No. 6, 2006, pp. 302-305
Bioline Code: is06088
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Surgery, Vol. 68, No. 6, 2006, pp. 302-305

 en Accuracy of intra-operative imprint smears in breast tumours: A study of 40 cases with review of literature
Hiregoudar AbhijitD, Godhi AshokS, Malur PrakashR, Gogeri BasavarajV, Metgud ShrishailC

Abstract

Context: Imprint smears are invaluable diagnostic tool for intra-operative evaluation of breast tumours.
Aims: The aim of this study was (1) to evaluate the accuracy of intra-operative imprint smears in breast tumours. (2) to compare the results with that of published literature on imprint smears of breast tumours.
Materials and Methods: 40 cases of breast tumours underwent intra-operative imprint smears between March 2003 to April 2004, the results of which were compared to the post-operative final histopathological sections.
Statistical Analysis Used: The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were calculated.
Results: Of the 40 cases, 21 were malignant and 19 were benign. The accuracy rate for benign lesions was 100% and that for malignant lesions was 97.5% with a false negative rate of 2.5%. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 95.24%, 100%, 100% and 95% respectively.
Conclusions: Intra-operative imprint smears like frozen sections help in on table diagnosis, wherein the fine needle aspiration cytology is inconclusive or suspicious. Imprint smears is a simple, accurate, rapid and cost-effective diagnostic tool, intra-operatively wherein facilities for frozen section are not available.

Keywords
Accuracy, breast tumours, imprint smears

 
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