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Acta Cytol. 2004 Sep-Oct;48(5):622-9.

Determining when to operate on patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis with nodular lesions: the role of ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration cytology.

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Far Eastern Polyclinic, Chung-Hsiao Municipal Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To elucidate the role of ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) in determining whether to request an operation.

STUDY DESIGN:

Twenty-four consecutive patients (23 women and 1 man) with Hashimoto's thyroiditis combined with nodular lesions revealed by ultrasonography were included in the study. Ultrasound-guided FNAC was performed on their thyroid tissue compatible with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and nodular lesions.

RESULTS:

Two of 24 patients (8.3%) had papillary thyroid cancer, which was diagnosed from aspirates of 31 nodular lesions and confirmed by operative pathologic findings.

CONCLUSION:

If a patient with Hashimoto's thyroiditis has nodular lesions shown by ultrasonography, ultrasound-guided FNAC is helpful in elucidating the nature of the lesion and determining whether to request an operation.

PMID:
15471253
DOI:
10.1159/000326432
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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