Serous fluid cytopathology

Qing Kay Li, Walid E. Khalbuss

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This chapter is focused on the discussion and review of cytomorphology of benign and malignant lesions in the serous fluid, including pericardial and pleural effusions and peritoneal fluid (ascites). Infectious diseases, lymphomas, mesothelioma and other malignant lesions can be found in serous fluids. The most common malignant lesions are metastatic carcinomas, such as metastatic lung and breast carcinomas in pleural effusions, as well as metastatic gastrointestinal and/or gynecological carcinomas in peritoneal fluids. The diagnostic and differential diagnostic key features of benign and malignant lesions are listed and reviewed. In addition, the utility of immunohistochemical markers in the differential diagnosis is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiagnostic Cytopathology Board Review and Self-Assessment
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages77
ISBN (Electronic)9781493914777
ISBN (Print)9781493914760
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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