WHAT IS FNAC (FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION CYTOLOGY)?
Removal of fluid or tissue from one of the female breasts for DIAGNOSTIC purposes. This is different from incisional biopsy where the entire lump is removed and then examined to CONFIRM diagnosis. In difficult cases it may be done under sonography or mammography control.
REASONS FOR SURGERY
Diagnosis of a suspected lesion or lump.
DESCRIPTION OF OPERATION
A small needle is inserted into the thickening or lump. If the thickening or lump is a cyst, fluid usually can be removed and the cyst will shrink or disappear. The removed fluid is sent to the laboratory to be examined for abnormal cells. If a solid tumor is detected, tissue is removed through the needle for laboratory examination.
Generally not needed besides mild pain relievers.