Maria M Romanas

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BACKGROUND Most endosonographers use an EUS needle with an internal stylet during EUS-guided FNA (EUS-FNA). Reinserting the stylet into the needle after every pass is tedious and time-consuming, and there are no data to suggest that it improves the quality of the cytology specimen. OBJECTIVE To compare the samples obtained by EUS-FNA with and without a(More)
Despite lack of evidence, use of a stylet during endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) is assumed to improve the quality and diagnostic yield of specimens. The purpose of this study was to compare EUS-FNA specimens obtained with stylet (S+) and without stylet (S−) for: (i) cellularity, contamination, adequacy, and amount of blood and(More)
Objectives:Observational data on the impact of on-site cytopathology evaluation (OCE) during endoscopic ultrasonography-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS–FNA) of pancreatic masses have reported conflicting results. We aimed to compare the diagnostic yield of malignancy and proportion of inadequate specimens between patients undergoing EUS–FNA of pancreatic(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma rarely metastasizes to the salivary glands. We report a case of a 47-yr-old man who presented with a right parotid lesion that was diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy as a metastatic lesion suggestive of hepatocellular carcinoma with similar findings in a subsequent intraoral incisional biopsy. The patient's serum(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS It is not clear exactly how many passes are required to determine whether pancreatic masses are malignant using endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA). We aimed to define the per-pass diagnostic yield of EUS-FNA for establishing the malignancy of a pancreatic mass, and identify factors associated with detection of(More)
We describe an unusual adrenal pseudocyst mimicking radiologically and clinically renal mass. The cyst measured 12 cm in diameter and had a fibrotic external envelope that was fused with the renal capsule. The possible diagnostic pitfalls encountered in this case are discussed.
Collision (contiguous) tumors of the skin can result in misleading clinicopathological presentations, and the choice of appropriate diagnostic techniques may prevent incomplete diagnosis and management. We report 2 cases of collision tumors involving amelanotic malignant melanoma of the back. One patient is a 79-yr-old male with an 8.7 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm(More)
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