Postradiation-associated sclerosing mediastinitis diagnosed in fine needle aspiration specimen: A cytological–pathological correlation

Published on Apr 1, 2017in Annals of Diagnostic Pathology1.877
· DOI :10.1016/J.ANNDIAGPATH.2017.01.004
Tamar Giorgadze14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Cornell University),
June Koizumi13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Cornell University)
+ 2 AuthorsCynthia M. Magro58
Estimated H-index: 58
(Cornell University)
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