Letters Salivary gland swellings

Ultrasound guided core biopsy is the diagnostic tool of choice in salivary gland swellings

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7782 (Published 19 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7782
  1. Edward Sellon, radiology specialist registrar1,
  2. Andrew Moody, consultant maxillofacial surgeon1,
  3. David Howlett, consultant head and neck radiologist1
  1. 1Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne BN21 2UD, UK
  1. edward.sellon{at}esht.nhs.uk

Mehanna and colleagues’ section on obtaining a tissue diagnosis in salivary gland swellings merits further comment.1

Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) has traditionally been the biopsy technique of choice in the parotid glands. It is quick, safe, and can be highly accurate, although it requires optimised conditions to perform well. In clinical practice such conditions are rarely …

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