Reply to comparative study of epidermal growth factor receptor mutation analysis on cytology smears and surgical pathology specimens from primary and metastatic lung carcinomas

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We have carefully read with great interest the comments by da Cunha Santos et al regarding our article.[1] They have presented a very fast and relatively easy technique for accessing limited numbers of cells in archived cytology smears for DNA extraction. We agree that optimizing coverslip removal by the “freezer method” could be an important tool for molecular analysis performed on cytology smears, and thank them for this insight.

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  • Arundhati Rao, MD, PhD

  • Department of Pathology, Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Temple, Texas

  • Renu Khode, MD

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Physicians Regional Medical Center, Naples, Florida

  • Lubna Sayage-Rabie, MD

  • Department of Pathology, Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Temple, Texas

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