Salivary gland cytopathology is one of the most challenging areas of diagnostic cytology. Salivary Gland Cytopathology will use a simplified algorithmic approach based upon differential diagnostic groups to cover practical aspects of diagnosing common as well as challenging salivary gland lesions.
This volume published in the “Essentials in Cytopathology” book series will fulfill the need for an easy-to-use and authoritative synopsis of site specific topics in cytopathology. These guide books fit into the lab coat pocket, ideal for portability and quick reference. Each volume is heavily illustrated with a full color art program, while the text follows a user-friendly outline format.
Salivary gland neoplasms display a striking range of morphologic diversity that can confound cytologic as well as histologic interpretation. The overlapping cytologic features, the lack of markers to accurately distinguish various tumors, and the overemphasized FNA-induced histologic changes have fostered uncertainty in the role of FNA in the management of salivary gland lesions.
Despite its limitations in the classification of salivary gland neoplasms, FNA is superior to core biopsy, and its accuracy is at least comparable to frozen sections. In the hands of cytopathologists equipped with awareness of the diagnostic challenges, FNA of salivary glands is a reliable technique that can be used as a diagnostic tool or as a screening tool to triage patients into the most appropriate management scheme.