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Table 1 Scoring described by Mair et al. [19]

From: Endoscopic ultrasound-guided sampling of solid pancreatic masses: 22-gauge aspiration versus 25-gauge biopsy needles

Parameter Description Score
Amount of cellular material Minimal to absent; diagnosis not possible 0
Sufficient for cytodiagnosis 1
Abundant; diagnosis simple 2
Retention of appropriate architecture Minimal to absent; nondiagnostic 0
Moderate; some preservation 1
Excellent; diagnosis obvious 2
Degree of cellular degeneration Marked; diagnosis impossible 0
Moderate; diagnosis possible 1
Minimal; good preservation; diagnosis easy 2
Degree of cellular trauma Marked; diagnosis not possible 0
Moderate; diagnosis possible 1
Minimal; diagnosis obvious 2
Background blood or clot Large amount; great compromise to diagnosis 0
Moderate amount; diagnosis possible 1
Minimal; diagnosis easy; specimen of “textbook” quality 2