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ASPIRATION BIOPSY IN DIAGNOSIS OF LESIONS OF VERTEBRAL BODIES

JOSE VALLS, M.D.; CARLOS E. OTTOLENGHI, M.D.; FRITZ SCHAJOWICZ, M.D.
JAMA. 1948;136(6):376-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890230016004.
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It is the purpose of this paper to point out the technic, indications and end results obtained with aspiration biopsy of the vertebral bodies.

We think that the application of aspiration biopsy in the lesions of the spine is of great interest, because the vertebral bodies cannot be surgically approached in order to diagnose.

Reviewing the literature, we found only one mention of this method of diagnosis, in Robertson and Ball's paper.1 These authors stated that since 1932 they had applied this method in 15 patients with various diseases of the spine; in 6 of these cases the diagnosis of malignant tumor could be made. They summarized the clinical reports for 6 patients: a myeloma of the twelfth dorsal vertebra; Pott's disease primarily localized in the eighth dorsal vertebra, with invasion of the neighboring vertebrae; osteomyelitis of the sixth dorsal vertebra; a case of typhoid spondylitis of the third

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