S Babu Rajan
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Cytol Histol
The cytology of serous fluid has an important role in the detection of malignant cells. The aim of this study was to compare slide preparation using conventional method and ThinPrep 5000 and to study the possibility of replacing the conventional method with ThinPrep 5000 in the preparation of serous fluid slides at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH). This comparison is important to evaluate the usefulness of each method in cytology. 41 samples of serous fluid which include 24 peritoneal fluids and 17 pleural fluids were taken from SQUH and smears were then prepared using both techniques. Most of the conventional smears had high cellularity (mesothelial cells) with background showing increased number of inflammatory cellsand blood. However, slides prepared by ThinPrep 5000 showed reduction in these parameters. The findings of this study suggest that ThinPrep 5000 technique can be run in parallel to the conventional method. However, further studies are required to investigate the possibility of completely replacing the conventional method with ThinPrep 5000.
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