Sutureless aspiration cutter biopsy is beneficial in diagnosing ocular cancers

Apr 18, 2012

Sutureless aspiration cutter biopsy can be used to diagnose ocular cancers such as orbital lymphoma.

Sutureless aspiration cutter biopsy can be used to diagnose ocular cancers such as orbital lymphoma, according to a paper featured in the European Journal of Ophthalmology.

Dr Paul T. Finger et al., New York Eye Cancer Center, New York, USA, included three patients in the study with orbital adnexal tumours. Each participant underwent orbital biopsy via a 3 mm incision into the eyelid or conjunctival fornix.

A bimanual technique was used to introduce standard aspiration cutters into the anterior and posterior orbital tumours. The team conducted cytopathology, histopathology and immunohistochemical analysis on all three patients.

The diagnoses were orbital lymphoma, metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma, and metastatic prostate cancer, with the 20G aspiration cutter yielding the most tissue. The small incisions did not require any sutures.

The technique was strongly linked to fine needle aspiration biopsy, controlled aspiration and enclosed mechanical cutting.

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