This study aims to evaluate cytopathology as a quick non-invasive method for early diagnosis of nodular skin lesions, benign and malignant skin lesions and to correlate the cytological and histopathological findings of various nodular skin lesions. Materials and Methods: 71 patients of nodular skin lesions were included in the study.Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) were done to obtain material for cytological examination. Excisional biopsy, incisional biopsy and punch biopsy were done to obtain tissue for histopathological examination. The slides were stained with routine stains and special stains as and when required. Results: Of the 71 patients, 51 cases were benign & 20 cases malignant. The most common malignant lesion observed was squamous cell carcinoma which comprised of 11 cases followed by basal cell carcinoma which consisted of 4 cases. Concordant results between cytology and histopathology was seen in majority of lesions studied. Conclusion: Cytology (FNAC), performed skillfully and with perfection, leads to an early diagnosis in majority of the lesions, as the observed cytomorphological features of various skin lesions were fairly distinctive making cytology a fairly sensitive 'patient compliant' technique for rapid diagnosis of skin lesions.
Nodular Skin Lesions, FNAC