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CytoJournal 2008,  5:14

Nodular fasciitis of the external ear masquerading as pleomorphic adenoma: A potential diagnostic pitfall in fine needle aspiration cytology


Department of Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Shyama Jain
Department of Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1742-6413.44242

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Background: Nodular fasciitis (NF) is a benign myofibroblastic proliferation in soft tissue. The most common sites are extremities, followed by the trunk and head and neck region. It is infrequently seen in the post-auricular region of pinna. Case presentation: We present here an interesting case of a young male who had a swelling in the post-auricular region; on cytology, it was diagnosed as pleomorphic adenoma; however, biopsy revealed characteristic morphology of NF. Conclusion: The case highlights the potential pitfall of cytology in diagnosing NF, especially because of unusual site and morphologic overlap.






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