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ISRN Pathology
Volume 2011, Article ID 129785, 6 pages
Review Article

Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology Is an Alternative Source of High Quality Archival Samples in Biobanking

1Faculty of Medicine, Bayero University, P.M.B. 3011, Kano 700001, Nigeria
2Department of Histopathology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 3452, Kano 700001, Nigeria

Received 5 May 2011; Accepted 3 June 2011

Academic Editors: J. A. Jimenez-Heffernan and K. K. Khurana

Copyright © 2011 Sani Abubakar Malami. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Advances in fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) techniques allows for a whole range of procedures on these limited sources of tissue. Where fresh aspirates are not readily available, archival FNAC samples had also been used for clinical diagnoses, molecular profiling, and disease monitoring with impressive results. Nonetheless, legitimate concerns exist regarding the reliability of these banked specimens. Increased demands on human tissues in response to the rapid acceleration on emerging scientific platforms will probably make tissue bank creation derived from archival FNAC a priority. To highlight its future prospects as a resource for tissue banking, this paper provides an overview of the use of archival FNAC in clinical situations and ancillary studies. It is concluded that tissue banks of archival FNAC specimens might have great promise in optimizing patient care and translational research.