2012 August & September – Editor’s Choice

2012_08_coverEditor’s Choice: Cytopathology 2012;23(4)

A review of endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration cytology by Fassina et al. is selected as Editor’s choice for free access during August and September.  The authors draw attention to the importance of pre-analytical assessment combined with cytomorphology in the selection of ancillary tests for diagnosis and targeted therapy of lung cancer.  Using the same methodology, Moonim et al. were able to type as well as diagnose a small series of thymomas.  Pang et al. show that FNA cell blocks and small biopsies are equally likely to provide sufficient material for EGFR mutation analysis while the quality of DNA extraction may be better with cytological preparations.

Editor’s choice
Fine needle aspiration of non-small cell lung cancer: current state and future perspective
A. Fassina, R. Cappellesso, F. Simonato, C. Lanza, A. Marzari, M. Fassan
Cytopathology 2012;23:213-219.


Related articles in the same issue
Diagnosis and subclassification of thymoma by minimally invasive fine needle aspiration directed by endobronchial ultrasound: a review and discussion of four cases.
M. T. Moonim, R. Breen, B. Gill-Barman and G. Santis
Cytopathology 2012;23:220-229.

The positive impact of cytological specimens for EGFR mutation testing in non-small cell lung cancer: a single South East Asian laboratory’s analysis of 670 cases.
B. Pang, D. Matthias, C. W. Ong, A. N. Dhewar, S. Gupta, G. L. Lim, M. E. Nga, J. E. Seet, A. Qasim, T. M. Chin, R. Soo, R. Soong and M. Salto-Tellez
Cytopathology 2012;23:229-236.