Cytology during Covid-19 Pandemic: A Retrospective Study at Government General Hospital, Mahabubnagar
Keywords:Covid 19,Cytology, pandemic.
Introduction: The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has greatly impacted health care delivery world wide and has changed the practice of Pathology including Cytology. During the pandemic of Covid 19, it is observed in Cytology practice to prioritise patients at high oncological risk, while deferring benign cases. Aim: The present study is an institutional experience of COVID19 impact on Cytology services carried out in this hospital. Methods: The Cytological sample types processed at the Government General Hospital, Mahabubnagar, during April 1, 2020 to 31 March 2021 were compared with those of the same period of April 1, 2019 to 31 March 2020. Results: During the Covid period the overall Cytology cases were drastically reduced, Statistically significant decrease of samples was noted in Thyroid and Lymphnode in Covid Pandemic era. A slight increase in percentage of Malignant cases was noted in Covid Pandemic era which was not statistically significant. Conclusions: Cytological examination was safely carried out in patients at high oncological risk, without postponing during COVID pandemic. As the Covid-19 infectivity has come down, Cytology can be practiced with adequate safety precautions. None of our faculty contracted Covid while doing FNAC procedure.
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