J Korean Ophthalmol Soc.  1992 Sep;33(9):914-918.

Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy with a Scalp Needle

  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


The fine needle aspiration biopsy has been utilized as a diagnostic method for numbers of orbital disorders. This biopsy has been found particularly valuable in the diagnosis of orbital metastatic tumor of malignant nature which may be hard to confirm by ultrasound. CT or other non-invasive tests. For performing fine needle aspiration biopsy, a syringe holder (pistol) has been in common use, however, which was markedly inconvenient III small orbital tumors because of handling difficulties. Accordingly, authors performed fine needle aspiration biopsy on an acute leukemic patient who showed enlargement of lacrimal galnd with 23G, 3/4inch scalp needle. The scalp needle was quite easy to handle, and aspirated material could be readily subjected to inject to slide glass for smear. Thus fine needle aspiration biopsy with scalp needle seems to be useful method in the diagnosis of anterior orbital disorders.


aspiration biopsy; Fine needle; orbital tumor
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