PDF: Fine needle aspiration biopsy in the oral cavity and head and neck region

In 1930, two doctors from a New York hospital, Martin and Colley, and a technical developer, Ellis, conducted aspirations from several organs and conducted cytological studies on them.

FNAB is primarily used for biopsies of palpable masses and deep lesions with difficult access. 

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It is also widely used in the head and neck regions, such as in the thyroid, lymph nodes, major salivary glands and others neoplasias. In the oral cavity, the FNAB method is rarely used.

The most common masses biopsied in this manner are odontogenic tumors, intraosseous lesions, minor salivary gland tumors, sublingual salivary glands and other oral regions. 

However, some reports have described the relevance of FNAB for the diagnosis of oral cavity lesions and oropharyngeal lesions.

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