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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2010 Apr;43(2):257-71, vii-viii. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2010.01.003.

Fine-needle aspiration in the work-up of thyroid nodules.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA. ecibas@partners.org


Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is the crucial diagnostic test used for the evaluation of patients with a thyroid nodule. The result of an FNA determines if a patient can be followed with repeated examinations or referred for surgery. The value of FNA can be enhanced by attention to technical details. Communication between operator and pathologist is essential. A pathologist's interpretation is aided if essential clinical information is provided on a requisition form. Although reporting terminology has been varied and confusing in the past, a proposal for a uniform reporting system provides 6 clearly defined and clinically relevant reporting categories and promises to standardize the reporting of thyroid FNA results.

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