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Diagn Cytopathol. 2014 Jul;42(7):609-11. doi: 10.1002/dc.22959. Epub 2013 Apr 3.

Elastic fibers in elastofibroma dorsi by fine-needle aspiration.

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Department of Pathology & Cytology, Lund University Hospital, S-221 85 Lund, Sweden.

Abstract

Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) features of elastofibroma dorsi (EFD) in a 56-year-old woman were evaluated. The patient presented with 5 cm soft tissue mass located between the inferior part of scapula and the chest wall. FNA smears were hypercellular, characterized by a mixture of uniform spindle cells, mature adipocytes, and collagen tissue fragments in varying proportions. The cytological findings included abundant degenerated elastic fibers presented as linear ("braid-like") and globular bodies with shell-like and stellate appearances with serrate borders, permitting a diagnosis of EFD. Occurrence of degenerated elastic fibers in FNA smears of elastofibroma is a highly diagnostic sign in the typical clinical setting and eliminates the need for preoperative histological examination.

KEYWORDS:

FNA; cytology; elastic fibers; elastofibroma dorsi

PMID:
23554149
DOI:
10.1002/dc.22959
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