Sputum cytology by the Saccomanno method in diagnosing lung malignancy.


From 1,488 patients, satisfactory sputum was available for cytologic diagnosis. Overall diagnoses were correct in 85.4% of patients, false negative in 193 patients (13.0%), and false positive in 24 patients (1.6%). In patients with a malignant lung process, cytologic diagnoses were correct in 228 patients (54.2%) and false negative in 193 patients (45.8… (More)


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