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Indian Journal of Pathology and Oncology

Cytodiagnosis of Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma - A Case Report with Brief Review of Literature

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Author Details: Rajeshwari K, Nikumbh D.B, Dravid NV, Akshay S

Volume : 2

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-6792

Print ISSN : 2394-6784

Article First Page : 172

Article End Page : 174


Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is locally invasive, slowly spreading rarely metastasizing tumor, arising from the epidermis”. BCC are usually diagnosed on histopathology. There are very limited data on role of fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) in diagnosing pigmented BCC. The diagnosis of pigmented BCC on cytology is as accurate as histopathology. Herein, we report a case of pigmented BCC successfully diagnosed on FNAC. A 57 year old male patient with pigmented nodule on right side of the face. Cytological diagnosis of pigmented BCC was offered and subsequently confirmed on histopathology. Hence FNAC is rapid, simple and noninvasive and an outpatient procedure can be used in diagnosis of suspicious pigmented BCC and can lead to accurate diagnosis and proper management of the patient.

Keywords: Cytology, Pigmented basal cell carcinoma, Histopathology.