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Retroperitoneal filariasis diagnosed by fine needle aspiration: a case report.
BACKGROUNDFilarial worms lodge anywhere, from body fluids to subcutaneous tissue, as various case reports prove.
CASEA 21-year-old Nepali male presented with bilateral groin swellings. Imaging studies showed dilated retroperitoneal lymphatics forming a mass, suggestive of lymphangioma or lymphangioleiomyoma. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) of the retroperitoneal mass revealed microfilariae of Wuchereria bancrofti.
CONCLUSIONThis is the first reported case of retroperitoneal filarial lymphangiectasia diagnosed on FNA, thus stressing the importance of FNA as a simple yet effective diagnostic tool.
Acta cytologica 54:3 pg 325-7
Pub Type(s)Case Reports