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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-88

Trucut biopsy - An effective diagnostic tool in laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers: A preliminary study


1 Department of ENT, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Erandwane, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Surgery, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Erandwane, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Pathology, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Erandwane, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Nilanjan P Bhowmick
Department of ENT, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Erandwane, Pune - 411 004, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-9748.106985

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Background: Laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers are commonly diagnosed by histopathological examination of a punch biopsy specimen from the lesion. The histopathological report of the punch biopsy specimen in certain cases is inconclusive, most commonly in cases of endophytic growths. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of trucut biopsy as a diagnostic procedure in such cases of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal growth which are clinically malignant but histopathology report by punch biopsy is inconclusive. Materials and Methods: Seven cases with clinical suspicion of laryngeal or hypopharyngeal malignancies but with inconclusive histopathological examination on punch biopsy were included. Trucut biopsy was performed in them. 6 out of the 7 trucut biopsies were found to be malignancies on histopathological examination. Conclusion: Trucut biopsy is promising diagnostic tool in laryngeal and hypopharyngeal malignancies especially in those cases where there is strong suspicion of malignancy and the punch biopsy does is inconclusive.


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