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CytoJournal 2019,  16:10

Cytologic smears improve accuracy of frozen sections of ovarian tumors in the community practice settings

1 Department of Pathology, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2 Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
3 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Correspondence Address:
Adela Cimic
Department of Pathology, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
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DOI: 10.4103/cytojournal.cytojournal_20_18

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Background: The ovaries can be the site for various primary tumors and also the presenting site of metastatic disease. Quick and correct intraoperative diagnosis is crucial for the patient's further management. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the advantages of the combined diagnostic method – ovarian frozen sections in conjunction with cytologic smears. Methods: From June 2016 to June 2017, we prospectively prepared additional two cytologic smears with Diff-Quik stain on ovarian frozen sections comprised of two hematoxylin and eosin sections. For quality assurance purposes, we compared the results of frozen section discrepancies and deferrals with those that of the previous year from June 2015 to June 2016. Results: With the introduction of cytologic smears to ovarian frozen sections, the number of discrepancies and deferrals combined decreased from 13.75% to 7.85%. The most benefit of smears was observed in primary ovarian malignancies. Conclusions: In the setting where all the members of the pathology group render cytologic evaluations routinely, smears play an important complementary role.


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