Research Article

Ultrasound-guided percutaneous fine-needle aspiration cytology in pancreatic cancer.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: (Published 23 October 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:1183
  1. N Hovdenak,
  2. W R Lees,
  3. J Pereira,
  4. J O Beilby,
  5. P B Cotton


    Fifty-five patients underwent ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration from the pancreas. Adequate material was obtained from 33 of the 41 patients with pancreatic malignancy. A cytological diagnosis of cancer was made in 31 (94%) of these; the overall clinical success rate was 75.6%. There were no false-positive results or complications. The sensitivity of the procedure may be increased by repeating the punctures.