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Targeting the use of ovarian cyst aspirate cytology
  1. H Monaghan,
  2. A Al-Nafussi
  1. Department of Laboratory Medicine (Pathology), Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Crescent, Little France, Edinburgh EH16 4SA, UK;

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