What is the role of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) in the diagnosis of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Updated: Sep 17, 2020
  • Author: Linda J Fromm, MD, MA, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Fine-needle aspiration has been used to help diagnose epidermoid cysts in unusual locations, such as the breast. Smears of aspirated material stained with Wright-Giemsa stain demonstrate nucleated keratinocytes and wavy keratin material. [1]


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