alexa Microfilariae in Fine Needle Aspirates From a Coastal District of India: An Experience With Brief Review of Literature
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Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health
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Research Article

Microfilariae in Fine Needle Aspirates From a Coastal District of India: An Experience With Brief Review of Literature

Dr. Santosh T*

Department of Cytopathology, Seth GSMC & KEMH, Mumbai, Maharastra

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Santosh T
Fellow Cytopathology, Department of Cytopathology
Seth GSMC & KEMH, Mumbai, Maharastra
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Received date: February 12, 2017; Accepted date: February 20, 2017; Published date: February 28, 2017

Citation: Santosh T (2017) Microfilariae in Fine Needle Aspirates From a Coastal District of India: An Experience With Brief Review of Literature. J Trop Dis 5:223. doi:10.4172/2329-891X.1000223

Copyright: © 2017 Dr. Santosh T. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Filariasis is a major public health problem in tropical countries like India. Conventional diagnosis is by demonstrating microfilariae (MF) in the peripheral blood smear. Nocturnal periodicity of the species endemic in India makes it difficult to find microfilariae in blood. Incidental detection of microfilariae (MF) in fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) smears of various sites in clinically unsuspected cases of filariasis without microfilariae in the peripheral blood has been rarely documented in Indian literature. We are reporting interesting detection of MF in 10 aspirates over a period of one year, form various sites as well as lesions ranging from inflammatory to malignancy. This article is intended to highlight that microfilaria can be a finding in clinically unsuspected cases and also without peripheral blood eosinophilia.


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