Psammoma bodies and optically clear nuclei in bronchiolo-alveolar cell carcinoma. Diagnosis by fine needle aspiration biopsy with histologic and ultrastructural confirmation

Diagn Cytopathol. 1985 Jul-Sep;1(3):205-15. doi: 10.1002/dc.2840010308.


The fine needle aspiration cytology of two cases of bronchiolo-alveolar cell carcinoma of the lung having unusual features is reported. One case demonstrated numerous psammoma bodies in the cytologic smears, whereas the other case showed an abundance of cells with optically clear nuclei. Both peripherally located tumors were resected and confirmed as primary bronchiolo-alveolar cell carcinoma by histologic and ultrastructural examination. We believe this to be the first report describing these unusual features of bronchiolo-alveolar cell carcinoma diagnosed by fine needle aspiration cytology. Presented is a discussion of psammoma bodies and optically clear nuclei seen in primary and metastatic tumors of the lung. This will aid in the diagnosis of these cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma, Bronchiolo-Alveolar / pathology*
  • Aged
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Cell Nucleus / pathology*
  • Cytodiagnosis
  • Cytoplasm / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Middle Aged