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Definition / general
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Definition / general
    Frozen sections:
    • Useful to document adequacy of tissue
    • Allows quicker definitive treatment (if diagnosis can be made)
    • Assessment of tumor margins
    • Useful to obtain culture for possible infectious lesions
    • Useful to differentiate between aseptic and infectious inflammation for implant replacement

    FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration):
    • Helpful for identifying metastatic disease (Arch Pathol Lab Med 2001;125:1463), recurrent tumor or unsuspected malignancy
    • Not helpful for cartilaginous lesions, cystic lesions or obviously benign lesions that require surgical management (chondromyxoid fibroma, giant cell tumor)