Cytodiagnosis of histoid leprosy.
This paper presents cytomorphological features of the histoid variety of lepromatous leprosy. Fine needle aspiration of a lepromatous nodule showed cytological features consistent with those of histoid leprosy. Simultaneously, a biopsy of the nodule was also performed and the case confirmed as histoid leprosy. The advantages of the fine needle aspiration technique are that it is simple, quickly reportable, and less traumatizing. Multiple aspirations from different sites may be obtained, which would add to the value of sampling. The need to differentiate a histoid nodule from a conventional lepromatous nodule is explained.