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J Cytol. 2010 Jul;27(3):102-3. doi: 10.4103/0970-9371.71875.

Plasmacytoma of tonsil diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration cytology.

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Department of Pathology, Aarupadai Veedu Medical College, Kirumampakkam, Pondicherry, India.

Abstract

Extramedullary plasmacytoma of tonsil is rare. Even though biopsy is necessary for final diagnosis, fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) can provide useful information in the management of such cases. We report a case of plasmacytoma of tonsil diagnosed by FNAC in a 43-year-old man who presented with a swelling in the right tonsillar area. FNAC smears revealed sheets of plasma cells at various stages of maturation. Subsequent histopathological and immunohistochemical studies confirmed the diagnosis of plasmacytoma. This case is reported for the rarity of site for extramedullary plasmacytoma and to highlight the usefulness of FNAC in lesions of tonsil.

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FNAC; Plasmacytoma; tonsil

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