Fine needle aspiration (FNA) in the management of palpable masses in Ibadan: Impact on the cost of care

J. O. Thomas, A. U. Amanguno, O. A. Adeyi, A. O. Adesina

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Fine needle aspiration cytology is a relatively new technique in the management of palpable lesions in Ibadan. In the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, as in most centres in Nigeria, inadequate facilities, a heavy patient load, financial constraints and an unreliable supply of basic necessities like water, often delay definitive diagnosis and management. In order to alleviate the patient's problems and provide prompt and accurate diagnosis, an FNA Cytology Clinic was set up in the Pathology Department, UCH, Ibadan, managed by the pathology team. This report represents the results of our experience. The cost effectiveness and impact on cost of care are highlighted. FNA costs N250.00 ((L)2.00), whilst cost of biopsy can vary from N5000.00 to N10 000.00 ((L)35.00 to (L)70.00). A total of 752 satisfactory smears was reviewed during the 3-year period 1995-97 from various sites including breast (n = 295), lymph node (n = 183) and thyroid (n = 143). Diagnostic accuracy varied with different sites, the accuracy rate for breast, lymph node and thyroid malignancy being approximately 100%, 80% and 93%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-210
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 8 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Cost impact
  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Ibadan
  • Palpable masses


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